The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

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Book - 2020
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Wanting to organize an assisted death on her own terms, world-weary octogenarian Eudora Honeysett forges an unexpected bond with exuberant ten-year-old Rose, who drags her to tea parties, shopping sprees, and other social excursions.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2020.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780063026063
Branch Call Number: FIC Lyons
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 02, 2021

A joy to read!

Mar 26, 2021

I’d like to have a neighbor like Eudora (heart).

STPL_JessH Mar 23, 2021

I really, really enjoyed this book! It's a lovely mix of sweet and sour. We have a curmudgeon, a very precocious child, a lovely cat, and a cast of characters who love them all. If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, then please check out The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett. Highly recommend this one!

Mar 12, 2021

I loved this book! Great read, well written, interesting characters and a real story. Enjoyed it immensely!

Feb 16, 2021

A sweet, feel good story. Very easy reading.

Jan 18, 2021

You can't help but become attached to Eudora, even as grumpy and disagreeable as she is at the outset of the novel. The theme of medical assistance in dying is explored through one individual's very personal experience. Although the outcome is completely different than in Jojo Moye's Me Before You, this novel reiterates that it is always a good idea to verify every aspect and it's never too late to change your mind.

JessicaGma Jan 07, 2021

In the vein of A Man Called Ove, this story follow Eudora Honeysett as she's ready to end life on her own terms, but new neighbours move in and slowly Eudora finds things to draw her out of the rut she was in. A lovely tale, akin to the Missy Carmichael one or Veronica and her Penguins.

Jan 01, 2021

A wonderful story about the difference we can make in the lives of others.

Nov 15, 2020

I would highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoyed A Man Called Ove!

Nov 12, 2020

After a too long spate of disappointing and vacuous reads, I very much needed 'The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett'.

Some have described Eudora as a grumpy old woman, but I think she is proper, stouthearted and private, which are perfectly descriptive of people world over who grew up in that era around WWII.

The world is changing too fast for Eudora Honeysett just as her body is slowing down at too fast a pace. Her strong will and sharp tongue never do. She thinks she has found the answer in exiting life with grace. And then she meets Rose.
"She isn't used to having such a force of nature in her life. This little girl is like a grenade packed full of joie de vivre, and Eudora has no idea why she has been chosen as a friend. Eudora is everything Rose isn't: old, disillusioned, and able to keep her emotions in check."

The story goes back and forth through the lens of Eudora's life from a childhood through adulthood, that so often teetered between a choice of duty and happiness, and today as Eudora learns and experiences life through the exuberance of Rose. It's perfectly encapsulated when Eudora allows 10yr old Rose to be her "fashion guru' complete with a trip to the shopping center, where she is alternately enthralled with Rose and appalled by the people. ". . . while Rose runs backward and forward in the manner of an overexcited cocker spaniel puppy."
"Eudora is horrified by almost every person she sees: hooded teenagers shouting and shoving; overweight parents with overweight children, stuffing yet more food into their bodies at just after ten o'clock in the morning; people stopping to stare, zombie like, at their phones in the middle of the walkway with infuriating regularity. For Eudora it is a vision of Hades- the crowds, the noise, the pushing- all these individuals moving through their lives with scant regard for others. And why is everyone in such a hurry? They're shopping, for heaven's sake; surely that should be a leisure activity. These people look as if they're participating in some kind of gladiatorial tournament. Shop to the death. Consume or be consumed."

'The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett' is just plain wonderful and exactly what I needed in the chaos of recent times.

5 stars for the brilliant writing of Annie Lyons!

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