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Like the cup of herbal tea one has on a cold winter's eve
on February 19, 2012
Hilma Wolitzer creates in Edward Schuyler, a modest, bookwork who is a 62-year-old newly widowed science teacher a rather one-dimensional character, who seems to float and flit about his life, adrift following the death of his wife of a quarter century. I'm grateful the author dwells more on hope than despair. The story drags a bit, as Edward reconnects with the world of dating and romance---which happens so effortlessly that one almost yearns to be free and sixty---and rekindles the lost passions of his younger self when his former flame resurfaces.
The story telling is subtle and gentle, but some of the surprises and minor twists seem either too predictable or too unrealistic. I was hurrying to the end, not because this book is a page turner---it is more like the cup of herbal tea one has on a cold winter's eve---but because I wanted the characters to resolve matters, move along, and allow me to do the same.