Liam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodging issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certainty and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory. In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own thorny problems.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): In the sixty-first year of his life, Liam Pennywell lost his job.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 94): It was way too hot for roast chicken, but he didn't know how to cook much of anything else. And Bundy was appreciative, since his fiancee fed him a steady diet of Lean Cuisines.
MY THOUGHTS: Still trying to figure out why I enjoyed this novel quite as much as I did. Must be the authors insight into the complexities of the human condition, her depiction of family relationships, as there isn't much to the story itself and as for the characters? Well written I agree but apart from main character, Liam, whom I found to be what I can only describe as an emotional cripple, the others, almost all women and most of them related to Liam in some way or another, largely disagreeable, all too easy to dislike, bullies.
Labelled as a comedy, though this was not without its profoundly wry and humorous moments, at times I found it if not exactly depressing than certainly sad.
As I said I'm still trying to work out why I enjoyed this read as much as I did.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A reading group read, I have no intention of buying a copy for the shelves.