Live a Little

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W F Howes Limited, 2020 - Conduct of life - 393 pages
"At the age of 90-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two long-suffering carers, Nastya and Euphoria, with tangled stories of her husbands and love affairs. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he's whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing - especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him like an oppressive cloud ever since. There's very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what's left."--Back cover.

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User Review  - AlisonY - LibraryThing

Howard Jacobson's latest novel is about two nonagenarians who find unexpected new life when they find each other. They couldn't be more different; Shimi, a most private bachelor, forgets nothing and ... Read full review

Live a Little

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Booker-winner Jacobson’s latest is a deliciously entertaining, rollicking dark comedy about nonagenarians searching for meaning while confronting their deepest fears. Beryl Dusinbery has survived ... Read full review

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