Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel

Etta and Otto and Russell and James: A Novel - Emma Hooper I received a free kindle copy of Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper, published by Simon & Schuster from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

This love story of friends is at times confusing, at times poignant & at times the imagery is haunting. It is told from the viewpoint of Etta, an 80 year old woman who decides to walk to the ocean & her thoughts & feelings about Otto & Russell as she travels. It also brings forth the viewpoint of Otto & Russel who are the loving friends who care about her absence in their lives. I was uncertain whether James, the fox traveling companion was real or in Etta's imagination. He slinks away before anyone sees him.

She becomes something of a cult newsmaker in that people watch her progress & look forward to taking photos or just meeting her.

"So far all of this seems to be about moving. Trains, boats, feet. As long as we keep moving, we're making progress. Who-ever stops moving first loses."

"We're counting down each day, but I think we should also be counting up, making a tally of how many day we've gotten to spend together. Counting up."

I gave it four stars because of the beauty evoked in the tale of the three friends.

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