The Year Of Pleasures

The Year Of Pleasures

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A woman rediscovers meaning in life - a rich and deeply satisfying novel by the bestselling author of The Art of Mending and Open House.

When Betta Nolan's husband dies, she honours a promise she made to him to move to a small town and start a new life. Without minimizing her great sorrow, she nevertheless attempts to find pleasure on a daily basis. The Year of Pleasures is about deliberately acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, art found in museums and in gardens. Above all, it is about the various kindnesses people can and do offer one another. Betta's journey from grief to joy is an inspiring reminder of what is available to us all, regardless of our life circumstances. It suggests that no matter who we lose, life can still give bountifully to those who will receive.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 160g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099476479
  • 9780099476474
  • 520,760

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In this rich and deeply satisfying novel by the beloved author of "The Art of Mending, and "Open House, a resilient woman embarks upon an unforgettable journey of adventure, self-discovery, and renewal.
Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simply daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.
Elizabeth Berg's "The Year of Pleasuresis about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, friends, and art. "Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love, and hope. And the transcendence that redeems," said Andre Dubus about "Durable Goods. And the same could be said about "The Year of Pleasures. "From the Hardcover edition.
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Maybe Freud didn't know the answer to what women want, but Elizabeth Berg certainly does.
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We loved this American family tale with its well drawn characters. It gripped like the best of thrillers * Bella * Maybe Freud didn't know the answer to what women want, but Elizabeth Berg certainly does. * USA Today * Heartwrenching and hilarious. Berg sits somewhere between Anne Tyler and Alice Hoffman. * Chicago Sun-Times * Berg knows her characters intimately-she gets under their skin and leaves the reader with an indelible impression of lives challenged and changed. * The Seattle Times * Praise for Elizabeth Berg:
'Berg oozes warmth, wisdom and generosity of spirit. Her writing is quite brilliant, as soft as a kiss, as sharp as a knife. An American Maeve Binchy, a modern-day Jane Austen, whatever praise you heap on Elizabeth Berg, she probably deserves it. -- Anna Maxted
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About Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Never Change and Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Joy School was selected as American Library Association Best Book of the Year. Elizabeth Berg won the 1997 New England Bookseller's Award for her novels. A former nurse, she lives in Chicago.
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13,129 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 21% (2,767)
4 38% (5,042)
3 31% (4,133)
2 8% (997)
1 1% (190)
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