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Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

Algonquin. May 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781616204228. $23.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616206048. MEMOIR
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If you don't feel hungry reading the menus that preface each chapter of this book, then you must have just eaten! Edward, reeling from the recent death of his wife, cooks for his new friend, Isabel, as she navigates the final months of her marriage. Providing much-needed warmth and support, Edward is a safe harbor in the turbulence of the author's life. As they meet for dinner, Edward schools her on some of the life lessons that he's gleaned from more than 90 years of lived experience. Vincent is a friend to Edward during a period in his life when he most needs one, and, in fact, their friendship fills a void for both of them. This is a story of embracing what we can learn from others, even if we disagree with someone's ideas in certain quarters. Under Edward's tutelage, Vincent begins to cook again and to entertain friends; her home becomes a place of refuge for her friends—good food, companionship, and warmth.
VERDICT This is a book full of life lessons, a reminder that no matter how old we grow, we still have much to share, and to learn.

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