Meet Liz Dunn -- a good woman who has become very good at being lonely. Then, after 25 years apart, her amazing 25-year-old son returns into her life. And, at 40, suddenly, she is no longer alone, and must decide what matters more: peace, certainty ...
or love? Once upon a time Liz Dunn was the loneliest girl in the world. One starry night, far from home, she told a stranger she was tired of being lonely. So, he tried to put an end to all that. Twenty-five years later, into her life walks, for the very first time, her son Jeremy. And everything changes. Liz has in the interim learned to live with loneliness, and become rather expert at it, as well as being sparky, competent and sarcastic when necessary. Now, with Jeremy in her life, she has to abandon her certainties as her world expands...This is a novel irradiated by hope and illuminated by trust, that also fizzes with whirls in Vienna, romance in Rome, mayhem in Frankfurt and visions in Vancouver. It is blessed with the commanding presence of an unforgettable heroine in Liz Dunn, with whom Douglas Coupland ascends to a new level of peace and grace in his ever-more-amazing career as an artist of rare capabilities.
I liked it, which comes as a surprise, given the mostly bad reviews I read on some newspapers' websites.It's a book about loneliness, about the power of unforeseen surprises in life to change a person's perspective on the world and themselves. II liked it, which comes as a surprise, given the mostly bad reviews I read on some newspapers' websites.
It's a book about loneliness, about the power of unforeseen surprises in life to change a person's perspective on the world and themselves.
I actually liked Liz Dunn: it's true, sometimes she reminds us a tad too much of how friendless and lonely she is, but she doesn't do so with self-pity, and from her special position of loneliness and silence, she watches and describes the world that surrounds her wittily.
Nice characters, nice story and good writing. It's my first Douglas Coupland, and I'm glad I started with one of the least read ones and liked it. ...Continua Nascondi