on July 28, 2009
(This review has also been posted on LibraryThing)
This novel tells the story of four seniors who take up residence in a new retirement community and become friends. They all have some connection to each other from the past, the details of which are revealed through the course of the book. One of the seniors in a particular has a special request to make of her friends and the first half of the book builds up to her request while the second half goes through each person's struggle with whether or not to grant it.
I really enjoyed Barfoot's writing. The language was playful and the humour was dark and a little dry, which I tend to like. There were some interesting themes explored; I especially liked how Barfoot shows how the old perceive themselves once they end up unable to live on their own vs. how they are perceived by the rest of society, including their own children. I was really into the book at the beginning but it started to drag around the middle and never completely picked up. The end was a little anticlimactic.