Thursday, July 26, 2012 books

The Year of the Unexpected
by Erica Bauermeister

The author:
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the novel The School of Essential Ingredients and the upcoming novel Joy For Beginners (June 9, 2011). The School of Essential Ingredients is currently being published in 22 countries and Joy For Beginners was recently selected to be performed as part of the New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles (June 12, 2011). Erica Bauermeister received a B.A. from Occidental College and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She is also the co-author of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.
source: Goodreads

First sentences: 
Life came back slowly, Kate realized.

Seven women gather to celebrate their beloved friend Kate’s remission from cancer, only to discover that she is living in dread over her daughter’s unusual gift to mark the occasion, a white-water rafting trip to the Grand Canyon.
Torn between a lifelong fear and the thrill of doing something that terrifies her, Kate gets a little help from her friends. They pledge to help her take the leap with their own ′bucket list′ - to each do the one thing that scares them most before the year is out. The only condition is Kate gets to choose what that will be.
Whether it’s getting a tattoo, finally letting go of a lost love or giving away a collection of treasured books and their memories, each woman discovers the unexpected joy of facing your fears - and knowing that you will always have friends to catch you if you fall.
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
I bought this book a year ago and it took me quite a while to pick it up. It definitely wasn’t because I was not interested in it; it was because I need to be in the right mood for a book.
But when I picked it up I couldn’t put it down again!
I loved The Year of the Unexpected so much! The story was brilliantly written, the characters so well portrayed and the structure of the novel was something you don’t see very often.
The story is about seven women in different stages of their lives. Each and every one of them has something they need to conquer and Kate forced them to face their fears. Each chapter tells us the challenges each woman faced individually and how/if they manage to do it.
Sometimes I was deeply moved by the story, felt the need to start baking and from time to time I had to laugh out loud.

The Year of the Unexpected or Joy for Beginners (US title) is available at Amazon in hardback and for your Kindle too. You can also buy it at Book Depo.

For more information about Erica visit her homepage or her Facebook page.

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