[Review] The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

The Red Address Book Book Cover The Red Address Book
Sofia Lundberg
Historical Fiction, Romance
The Borough Press
January 8th 2019
e-book
304
netgalley

The global fiction sensation—publishing in 32 countries around the world—that follows 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come...

Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.

When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’s life?

A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise—and irresistible—storyteller.

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Doris is 96 years old and living on her own in Stockholm Sweden, no family save for her granddaughter Jenny who lives in America that she manages to Skype with on a regular basis. Her only other human contact are the caregivers who come in daily to tend to her needs. Doris has a special address book – each name inside crossed off with the word DEAD next to it. Its actually quite sad when you think about all the people you connect with over the course of your life, and those in your contacts who are sadly passed away. I found an old address book and at the age of 38 sad to say there are at least 5 friends who are sadly no longer here.

Each person in her address books holds some kind of special story relating to her life, and loves. She uses the address book to document and tell her life story for Jenny to read and we discover that Doris had had an amazing life, she was a model on Paris runways in the 1930s, was forced to flee to Manhattan at the start of World War II. And through all this she wonders what ever happened to Allan, the love of her life.

This is such a beautiful story, I admit I cried at the end, it I am not going to spoil it as you really should read it but this may just be the most emotional book I have read this year so far.

 

 

Fiona

I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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