EUDORA HONEYSETT IS QUITE WELL, THANK YOU
By Annie Lyons
March’s book is an orange trigger warning as some of the plot may be difficult. If you’re unsure, have a look at my review here which gives more detail. I’ve been debating whether to include this book for a while and decided that the discussions that will arise from it are important not only for our community but for authors and publishers too.
Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.
Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable fellow neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.
While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.
But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?
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There is a typical pronatalist undercurrent through the book with ‘married with kids’ being the gold standard which Eudora never achieved.
Rose’s mother is pregnant and we witness the birth of the child who is present through most of the rest of the book. We also see the birth of Eudora’s younger sister during a flashback. Later on in the book, we learn of the death of a pregnant woman.
*These triggers are based on my own perception of the book – there may be other things that I have not picked up on. If in any doubt, follow the link to the Goodreads page to read more reviews and ask questions.