just finished

I don't even know where to start with this book--it's an examination of loneliness, friendship, and family. It's about the stories we tell ourselves about our lives and who we are. I liked that the central figure is never named, only referred to as The Boy. I listened to it as well as read it--and my only complaint is that the narrator doesn't quite capture the Maine accent, it sounds more like Boston. Other than that, the narration is deft!

From the publisher:
For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absentto his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son s unfinished Boy Scout badge.For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy hadvisited weekly.Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver and that s the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.


The Gal Herself said...

An addition to my TBR!

Paula said...

I loved this book. I couldn't tell you what a Maine accent sounded like! But I loved the narrator!!