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The Year of Pleasures

A Novel
Berg, Elizabeth (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love." "Elizabeth Berg's The Year of Pleasures is about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, friends, and art."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Authors: Berg, Elizabeth
Title: The year of pleasures
a novel
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 206 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth Berg
ISBN: 1400061601
Branch Call Number: FICTION BERG
Subject Headings: Middle West Fiction City and town life Fiction Female friendship Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Widows Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: City and town life
Female friendship
Loss (Psychology)
Widows
LCCN: 2004051471
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List - 10 years of books by: multcolib_lauralw May 12, 2014

Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. ~Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors.


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The story of the transition of a woman who has experienced unfathomable loss. We follow with her the baby steps she takes to evolve into a different yet very satisfactory life. I would recommend it.

Feb 16, 2014
  • brianreynolds rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It snowed. Betta shovelled it. She made some phone calls. She ate—a number of times and different things. Elizabeth Berg’s <i> The Year of Pleasures</i> paints vivid pictures of all things real and imagined in the life of her grieving widow. To what end, I am scratching my head. If there is a story here, I’m afraid I missed it.

Oct 30, 2013
  • VPLlen rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

My year would have been much more pleasant without this sad read.

Nov 29, 2010
  • Nancybea rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This author is a master of small details that capture a moment in time. I also like how each of her characters is flawed but likeable, especially the heroine. The final result is a deep but not depressing picture of one widow's attempt at reclaiming her life after the loss of a beloved partner. Very real, and personal but still universal.

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