Life could toss your sanity about like a glass ball; books were a cushion. How on earth did nonreaders cope when they had nowhere to turn? How lonely such a nonreading world must be.
Life in small-town Minnesota in the early 1900s isn't easy for anyone, but for Nell Stillman - poor, widowed, with a baby to feed - it's teetering on the brink of disaster. But through an unforeseen kindness, Nell is offered a teaching position at the local school, providing just enough money for her and her beloved son, Hilly, to get by. As the years pass, Nell's life is marked by precious friendships, small-town gossip and scandals, new love, and tragedy. But no matter her troubles, Nell always finds solace in books, especially the wise and witty words of P. G. Wodehouse. A gentle novel starring an appealing Everywoman, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse celebrates the joys and heartaches inherent in a well-lived life. (KG)