Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Quirky novel

Finished April 27
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
This lovely first novel by Canadian author Jessica Grant has two narrators: Audrey Flowers, native of St. Johns, Newfoundland and lately of Portland, Oregon; and Winnifred (aka Iris) her tortoise.
Audrey gets a call from her uncle back in Newfoundland telling her that her father has been hit by a Christmas tree protruding from a passing vehicle and is now in a coma. Audrey leaves Winnifred with friends (although she worries about her a lot) and has adventures on the way home.
Once getting home to discover that her father has died, she struggles with adjusting to this new reality and then has to deal with the sudden disappearance of her uncle Thoby, as well as her pet mouse, Wedge.
Audrey (known affectionately to some as Oddly) has a wonderfully quirky sense of humour and a equally quirky set of friends. She must work through memories and current concerns to find a way to deal with her father's death.
Winnifred also has memories of her various owners and previous journeys and pines for Audrey and her care.
I loved this book and the characters created.

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