Saturday, July 25, 2015

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Etta and Otto and Russell and JamesI've gone. I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. I will try to remember to come back.

Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning, takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water.

Meanwhile her husband Otto waits patiently at home, left only with his memories. Their neighbour Russell remembers too, but differently - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto.

I wish I knew where to begin with this book.  I was so intrigued by the blurb above, but the book ended up going in a direction I didn't expect and kind of lost me.  There were just so many things I was hoping to find out and understand and it just never got there.  I waivered back and forth between a 2 and a 3 star rating.  If magical realism is your genre and you don't main vague endings, pick it up.  If this is frustrating to you, I would probably skip it.  I loved the idea of the book, but the storyline just didn't deliver in my opinion.    

* I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review *

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