After 40 years of marriage, 69 year old Arthur Pepper is alone following the death of his wife Miriam. He follows a strict routine and his days are ordinary and ordered just the way he likes them. Until he discovers a charm bracelet hidden among his wife’s possessions.
The discovery of the bracelet propels him on a journey where he discovers secrets about his wife he never knew, and things about himself that he never realised were there.
I absolutely loved this novel and found it incredibly moving. Following Arthur’s journey was emotional as he starts to question everything in his life and wonders if his memories of his wife are accurate and if the secrets she kept change how he remembers their life together.
This is one of a few novels I’ve read recently that deal with memory and look at how we deal with memories and how they shape us. It made me think a lot about how important it is to look at our own experiences and appreciate them for what they were, and who they made us become, without second guessing what the intentions of others are. I found Arthur’s questions about his marriage heartbreaking and felt deeply for him on his search for purpose.
A novel full of hope and life and one that will stay with me for a long time.