The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons
Published: September 2020 – William Morrow
Review copy from the publisher and Goodreads
Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.
Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.
While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.
But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye? (publisher)
My take: Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and ready to say goodbye to this world. She’s lived a life for others (her mother and sister) after promising her father she’d look after them when he left for war in 1940. She’s tired and wants to move on. She even has a plan on how to die. Then one day a new family moves in next door. Life changes in big and small ways as Eudora, almost begrudgingly, allows new people into her life. This book is such a breath of fresh air about a difficult and emotional subject. My emotions ran the gamut over the course of reading. Seriously, have tissues nearby at the end! I’m so glad I had the chance to read it. A 2020 Favorites list addition, for sure.