Book picks as published in the February 14, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine : a novel
By Gail Honeyman
The story of an unusual heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance, means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner.
The Only story : a novel
By Julian Barnes
A novel about Paul, a young man on the cusp of adulthood and Susan, a woman who is already there, a love story shot through with sheer beauty, profound sadness, and deep truth. It’s a piercing account of helpless devotion, and of how memory can confound us and fail us and surprise us (sometimes all at once), of how, as Paul puts it, “first love fixes a life forever”–