A one-in-a-million story for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and think about how extraordinary ordinary life can be. Not to be missed by those who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Elizabeth Is Missing or The Shock of the Fall.
Miss Ona Vitkus has - aside from three months in the summer of 1914 - lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected. The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is 11. She is 104 years, 133 days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all.
Better late than never...only it's been two weeks now since he last visited, and she's starting to think he's not so different from all the rest. Then the boy's father comes, for some reason determined to finish his son's good deed. And Ona must show this new stranger that not only are there odd jobs to be done but a life's ambition to complete....
"I loved it! The boy is one of my favourite literary characters ever! I thought it was a gem of a novel, heart breaking and heart-warming. Beautifully written, with characters that you want to keep by your side." (Adele Parks)
"Loved it! Oh, that ending.... Ona is such a brilliant heroine and Quinn surpasses all expectations. Such a life-affirming read - love the way Monica's story brings out the best in people." (Hannah Beckerman)
"Wood writes beautifully." (Washingtonian)
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A one in a million book.
This was one of the most wonderful books I have ever read/listened to and I am an extremely prolific reader.
I loved the multi-layered nuances and symbolism in the story. I thought that each word was carefully chosen and at times it felt like poetry.
This is the first book I've listened to read by Chris. At first his breathy tone was a bit difficult to get used to but once I got into it, I marvelled at his artistry and skill in bringing all the very different characters to life.
A film about the wisdom of age and the power of love.
I highly recommend this book and I will be very surprised if it doesn't win many awards.
- Sallyanne Aarons
- Clare Cotton