Emma Hooper's first novel, an extraordinary story of ordinary people, is both strikingly unique and very intriguing from the get-go. As quirky octogenarians Etta, Otto, and Russell each make life-changing choices (James arrives, most unexpectedly, later in the story), their individual recollections from younger years reveal how the influences of family, friends, adversity, and determination have brought them to this place in their lives. Subtle themes of respecting others' choices and loving enough to let go are gently woven throughout this poignant tale of lives well lived and dreams fulfilled. Both unusual and compelling, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is a beautiful and memorable piece to be savored and shared.
A Reader Review by Mary Keaton of Canvas, West Virginia