The Year of Pleasures

The Year of Pleasures

A Novel

Book - 2005
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In this rich and deeply satisfying novel by the beloved author of The Art of Mending , and Open House , a resilient woman embarks upon an unforgettable journey of adventure, self-discovery, and renewal.nbsp;

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 simply 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,nbsp;good food,nbsp;the beauty ofnbsp;nature, music, friends, and art. "Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience,nbsp;loneliness, love, and hope. Andnbsp;the transcendence that redeems,"nbsp;said Andre Dubus about Durable Goods . Andnbsp;the same could be said about The Year of Pleasures .nbsp;


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812970999
0812970993
9781400061600
1400061601
Characteristics: 206 p. ; 25 cm

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Bierlingen Jul 18, 2014

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.

brianreynolds Feb 16, 2014

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.

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VPLlen
Oct 30, 2013

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

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Nancybea
Nov 29, 2010

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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