Bittersweet and Nostalgic

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“I wish you enough.” Excuse me while I go use every tissue in the box. The Red Address Book is a remarkable book about a remarkable main character.

96-year-old Doris Alm lives alone in Sweden. She has no family other than a grand-niece in California. Her health is declining and she has the urge to share her memories with her niece. So Doris begins writing letters to her niece about her life and the people she has encountered along the way. As a guide, she uses the Red Address Book her father gave her when she was young. Throughout her life she has kept a record of those important to her in that book and crossed out their names as they have passed away one by one.

One by one, readers learn of the people that have come and gone in Doris’s life and impact they have made on her, whether good or bad. Doris travels to France and the USA, experiencing peaks and valleys along the way.

Filled with nostalgia, this novel made me contemplate the difficulties of aging. It also made me want to go hug all the people I love and forgive those who have wronged me. When you get a chance, read this book!

Thank you to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.