Butterflies in November

Butterflies in November

Book - 2014
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After a day of being dumped--by both her husband and lover-- and accidentally killing a goose, a thirtysomething-year-old woman yearns for a vacation far from the chaos of her life. Instead her tropical fantasies are dampened by her best friends's four-year-old deaf-mute son, Tumi, who has been thrust into her reluctant care. The unlikely pair start on tentative footing; she doesn't have the slightest maternal instinct and Tumi is an introspective oddball. When he chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, they set off on a road trip with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings. Along the way they encounter a string of eccentric locals and peculiar locales, including lava fields, a cucumber farm, an Estonian choir, a handsome falconer, and both of her exes desperate for another chance. Before reaching their journey's end she must learn to balance unanticipated responsibilities with newfound independence. What begins as a spontaneous trip will surprisingly and profoundly change the way she views her past and charts her future.
Publisher: New York :, Black Cat,, [2014]
Description: 296 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780802123183
Branch Call Number: Audu


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ontherideau Feb 04, 2016

Clever writing if you can stick with it, dead goose details killed the story for me.

Jan 03, 2015

Two narratives take place: an almost detached and stoic tale of events where the most emotional involvement seems to about how to present an accidental road-kill goose so the tread mark won't show (lots of rich sauce), and mild annoyance over an ex taking personal books in the divorce settlement.

Glimpses of a desperate past emotional trauma are written in italics. Some one else's story?

Around Iceland's Ring Road she heads, in the dark of winter, with a friend's fragile child and loads of lottery money in the glove compartment.

Clever writing worth reading.

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