Waiting On: Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (23)

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Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine.The idea of Waiting on Wednesday is to talk about upcoming books that you’re excited about. I am excited to do this feature because it will allow me to look at upcoming books a lot more, and be more aware of what’s new in the world of books.

eaoarajTitle: Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Author: Emma Hooper

Release Date: January 13

Read my review of the book here.

Check this book out on Goodreads.

Preorder this book at: Chapters | Book Depository

4 stars

Eighty-two-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from Saskatchewan to Halifax.

Her husband Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. I will try to remember to come back, Etta writes. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war, so he understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in. The only way to keep them at bay is to keep his hands busy.

Russell, raised as a brother to Otto, has loved Etta from afar for sixty years. He insists on finding Etta, wherever she’s gone. Leaving his farm will be the first act of defiance in his whole life.

As Etta walks toward the ocean – accompanied by a coyote named James – memory, illusion, and reality blur. Like the gentle undulation of waves, Etta and Otto and Russell and James moves from a past filled with of hunger, war, passion, and hope to a present of quiet industry and peaceful communion; from trying to remember to trying to forget.

A beautiful novel that reminds us that it’s never too late to see the things you’ve longed to see, or to say the things you’ve longed to say. (Source: Goodreads)

This book. This is probably one of the most interesting books I’ve read in adult fiction in a while. The story and the content is unusual but in the most amazing way. I really loved reading this book. This is probably a book I’ll be likely to recommend to people who come into work looking for new reads, and its definitely a good piece of new Canadian Lit.

I’m so excited that this book will be out on shelves next week and that everyone else will gave a chance to read it.

Ramble on,
Kimber


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