The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

Ok…so here’s a new idea.  A friend and I (she lives at a great distance) are going to share in a one-to-one book club discussion and the book of choice this time is The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg.  She who paints blue and she who paints red will have their remarks posted on this blog weekly….daily….well, whatever.  Let’s keep it random. Blue is the moderator of this particular book by posting the questions that are open for exploration.
I think this will add a new dimension to my book of the week. (By the way, I’m still slogging my way through this indepth account of Margaret Laurence’s life and finding it hugely time-consuming, although by the measure of my book mark, I am now half way.)  Chapter one of the new book was read last night after fighting my way through a mountain of bills and receipts…a late night really, but the reading was no-less meaningful.  I think you’d love this book! 
I will post my remarks in red and hers will be posted in blue, just so that you can keep it all straight.  All narrator’s remarks will be posted in yellow, and there you have it…a meeting of the PRIMARY COLOURS!  Before we post our first remarks, I will provide a bit of a plot summary.  Please DO feel free to read along with us.  Blue found her copy in the library, after being on a waiting list and Red bought her copy in the local Indigo store. You see Blue is a country mouse and Red is a city mouse.  Ironically, I found my copy of such a beautiful subject, directly after a failed driving experience and discombubulated row with my teenaged children.  Only a day later, I find this both sad and funny at the same time.
"In this rich and deeply satisfying novel by the beloved author of The Art of Mending, and Open House, a resilient woman embarks upon an unforgettable journey of adventure, self-discovery, and renewal.

Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simply daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.

Elizabeth Berg’s The Year of Pleasures is about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, friends, and art. "Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love, and hope. And the transcendence that redeems," said Andre Dubus about Durable Goods. And the same could be said about The Year of Pleasures."



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