The enchanting secret lives of old people: Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

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Etta sets off very early on a journey across Canada to see the sea. She is old, as is her husband Otto who waits for her, and their friend Russell who follows her. They have all known each other and loved each other for most of their lives, but now they are very old they come to the point where there are things they have to do. As Etta continues out East with James, the coyote who has adopted her, memories of the three friends interweave to tell their wonderfully human stories.

I have nothing that I would change about this book. It was completely magnificent, wonderfully human – a lovely mixture of the mystery of other people and the total knowingness of other people too. I was totally enraptured by the characters, by their kindness, love, passions, confusions, thoughts, memories and ideas. I would heartily recommend this to anyone with a heart.