The Year of Pleasures (MP3 CD)
Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin life anew. Though still dealing with her sorrow, Betta nonetheless is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days with whom she reconnects, a young man who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome widower who is ready for love.
Elizabeth Berg's "The Year of Pleasures" is about acknowledging the solace found in ordinary things: a warm bath, good food, the beauty of nature, music, and art. Above all, "The Year of Pleasures" is about the various kindnesses people can and do provide one another. Betta's journey from grief to joy is a meaningful reminder of what is available to us all, regardless of what fate has in store. This exquisite book suggests that no matter what we lose, life is ready to give bountifully to those who will receive.