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5.0 out of 5 stars A melancholy, metaphorical odyssey, May 18, 2009
This review is from: Leisure Seeker, The: A Novel (Hardcover)
Reading The Leisure Seeker, I immediately had a sense of vacation excitement, only seen through the eyes of a dying older woman. How Zadoorian pulls this off without ever losing our dear Ella's voice is one of the many mystifying, yet surprising treasures found along the journey that this book is. All of Zadoorian's characters feel so real, their dialogue so authentic, and Ella's no exception. She's sweet and salty, never losing her self-deprecating persona and her fierce love for her husband, John. Even as the throes of Alzheimer's tries to collapse and smother the last bits of his memory of their life as a married couple, she tries to mine what's left of him. The drive from Detroit to Disneyland, along the decrepit Route 66 is a wonderful and fitting metaphor for growing old and how time treats all of us. In some ways it's like Thelma & Louise meet the heroes from Of Mice and Men. An older friend of mine once told me, "Growing old ain't for sissies." Ella's narrative illustrates this only to well, but with her own twist. Growing old doesn't mean you have to give up your dignity. I was happy to find out that the publisher purchased the film rights to this book. It will make a fine movie in the right hands. Blessed are the actress and actor who land the roles of Ella and John. All I ask is that they leave Zadoorian's dialogue alone.
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