The Red Address Book

The Red Address Book

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"Written with love, told with joy. Very easy to enjoy."--Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove For fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a heartwarming debut about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come . . . Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny--her American grandniece, and her only relative--give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past--working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War--can shehelp Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris's life? A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise--and irresistible--storyteller
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781328473011
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Menzies, Alice - Translator


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Jun 13, 2019

I enjoy stories of older generations sharing with younger ones, and the importance of family. I would have like to have seen more of the relationship between Doris and Jenny rather than the reminiscences being transferred through an address book. Despite that, the fact that Jenny is able to discern what is really important in life and travels thousands of miles to be present at a critical moment in her grandmother's life is an important message of the book.

Apr 18, 2019

A pleasant book that looks back at Doris's life and she faces the end of her life. She tells stories about those people that passed through her life and how they affected her and the journey that she made through this world. Filled with love, adventure, hardships, regrets and a lost love. This is a quick read but has wonderful messages on how to live our lives to the fullest.

Mar 27, 2019

This book was amazing! I loved it! So easy to read, and so thought provoking! Live for the moment and enjoy and love those God places on your journey!!

Mar 25, 2019

This is an interesting and heartwarming story from a talented debut author, I loved it. I hope she writes more soon.

lauz32 Mar 18, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. It was a short easy read, very heartwarming with an interesting story line. Switching back and forth between the past and the future this book really tugged at the heart strings as it explores the relationship between Doris and the people who she wrote down in her Red Address book.

Mar 13, 2019

A short easy read. It feels as if it was written from the heart and it touched mine.

Katherine_A Feb 21, 2019

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg is phenomenal. This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I love the writing style. The main character Doris is endearing. The premise of the story is unique and I liked how it transitioned between present day and past as Doris told her story. The chapters are surprisingly short and it's easy to pick up and put down in between other tasks. I found it hard to put down at all!

Feb 12, 2019

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg was first published in Sweden in 2017. The book has since been translated to English by Alice Menzies and is available as of January 2019. This novel documents the sentimental journey of Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in Stockholm. Her only living relative is Jenny, her grandniece who lives in the US with her young family. The two women skype once a week and have a close and loving relationship. Doris was given a red address book by her father when she was a child. Throughout her long life, she wrote in many names of people who were part of her journey. In her old age, she started to write the story of each person in her book so that Jenny would know the history of Doris and herself. In failing health, Doris cannot forget one man who passed in and out of her life. Whatever happened to him? This small novel is a beautiful story of one woman's life. It is a little gem. Highly recommended.

Feb 08, 2019

A fictional memoir....

Doris has a Red Address Book. In this book, she keeps track of people who have had an impact on her life. Doris is in her nineties, so unfortunately many of the entries have had their names crossed out with the word “dead” added beside them. She becomes lost in the memories of when she was young and beautiful, a sharp contrast to the aches, pains, and weakness she suffers today. She begins to write letters to her great niece Jenny, so that her memories - both good and bad - do not die along with her. As Doris reminisces about her life, we see how the places she lived and people she met affected who she is today.

Across the ocean, Jenny worries about Doris who seems more frail each time they Skype. But with 3 children of her own, it’s not easy to see her in person...until something happens that just may force the issue altogether.

Pros: Nicely descriptive writing and an interesting format with the address book entries...

Cons: Entirely too cliche for my enjoyment...I couldn’t connect with a single person in the book.

Easy reading, but not nearly as touching as I had anticipated.

3 Stars

debwalker Jan 15, 2019

Hygge time! Absorbing read to curl up with this winter.

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