Etta and Otto and Russell and James (Large Print / Hardcover)

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      This is an unusual book, and an incredible debut. The story bounces around in time and place over 65 or more years, from one era to another. It's a story of being who you want to be, what you want to experience, and how we love each other. There is a element of magic to the story, especially for James, that makes this seem like a fairy tale of quiet beauty and truths. I really can only say that this book is amazing and unforgettable and should be read immediately." ~ Jackie                                                                           

— Jackie is Book Blogger #1 at Tattered Cover. Her word is gold.

February 2015 Indie Next List


“Eighty-three-year-old Etta Vogel quietly sets out one day to walk 3,200 kilometers to the coast of Canada for her first view of the ocean. As Etta travels, author Hooper gently and poignantly reveals a lifetime of morally charged events that shaped Etta as well as her husband, Otto, and her lifelong friend, Russell. This is a beautiful and sometimes hauntingly stark portrait of three WWII-generation lives, sprinkled with the wise counsel of a loyal coyote named James. I loved it!”
— Susan Tyler, The Book Bin, Onley, VA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410477071
ISBN-10: 141047707X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2015
Pages: 465
Language: English