The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

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Large Print - 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, New York : Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ♭2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780063030435
Characteristics: 453 pages ;,23 cm.

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becker
Feb 16, 2021

A sweet, feel good story. Very easy reading.

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1_Great_Book
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.

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thebritlass
Jan 01, 2021

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

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Dee_BPL
Nov 15, 2020

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

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MB_kcls
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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mjk236sb
Oct 30, 2020

This was a delightful story. Eudora is lonely and aging and decides that she wants to end her life on her terms. She contacts the clinic in Switzerland that allows for her to do this. She has made this decision and then her life begins to change. Rose moves in next door and this 10 year old changes her life - bringing friendship, family and love. You will love the adventures that follow with Rose and her neighbor Stanley. The story goes back in time to visit Eudora's life and shows how she got to this point in her life. Read this book to learn the story of Eudora before and after her decision - it will bring sadness and tears but also many joyous moments. We should all have a Rose in our life.

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jfd5
Oct 17, 2020

Loved it! Love that Eudora says exactly how it is! A gift whether you like it or not. I'm sure that there are many that feel exactly like this. An enjoyable read with a few tears here and there.

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phyllis94941
Aug 27, 2020

This was a feel-good story, even though it starts out with cranky 85-year-old Eudora Honeysett deciding to plan her own death and the sooner the better. The novel alternates chapters between Eudora's poignant past and her present. We learn of her childhood as well as adulthood, and her relationships with her father, her mother and her sister, her fiancée, and her best friend. The present begins when Eudora meets her new next-door neighbors, especially exuberant 10-year-old Rose. Despite her resistance to Rose's colorful and upbeat outspokenness, Eudora finds herself becoming a surrogate grandmother and trying to live up to Rose's claim that they are BFFs.

The warm relationships Eudora develops with Rose and her family, as well as with personable fellow neighbor and widower Stanley, reveal the joys of life Eudora never really experienced. Now that she has people who care and value her, will Eudora cancel her death plans? How can she leave her new "family" when they love her, and she's come to love them as well? The book has a sweet though tearful conclusion. I didn't want this entertaining novel to end, and I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Goodreads and William Morrow Publishers for an advance readers copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.

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