Comforting and genteel… the loveliest novel

(U. S. Department of State photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich

3 words: genteel, leisurely, comforting

Some books pull you in by their driving narrative. Others hold onto you because of their compelling characters. This is one of those.

For bedtime reading, I’ve rarely found a more suitable book. This story is soothing and gentle and filled with good, decent people.

Yet… there’s an intriguing plot that keeps a reader turning the pages, however leisurely.

Mrs. Brown, an unassuming salon cleaning lady, becomes taken with the idea of owning a couture suit. Actually, if we’re honest, she becomes obsessed. But not in a creepy, all-encompassing way. Instead, in a life-changing, affirming way.

It’s like she’s being reborn.

It’s a bit of a Cinderella story, but without the fanciful bits. And without the prince.

In her unlikely quest, Mrs. Brown encounters kind people who go out of their way to help her. And meanwhile, she’s also helping a young woman who becomes her friend — even though they’re living very different lives.

And there are some haters, too, because what’s a story without some conflict?

But the overall feeling is: comfort. A perfectly lovely book.

 

Give this book a whirl if you like… dressmaking, novels about fashion, quiet lives, intergenerational friendships, Elinor Lipman, fulfillment of modest dreams

 

What’s the best bedtime reading you’ve encountered lately?

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Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

2 thoughts on “Comforting and genteel… the loveliest novel

  1. I read this last year and fell in love with it. It’s so quiet and unassuming I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. But it’s a lovely read. 🙂

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