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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (2016)

by Phaedra Patrick

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This was one of my favorites this year. I like Arthur more than Ove or AJ Firkry! ( )
  melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
Heartwarming, a delightful story about a widower's adventure to discover his spouse's past. This was a much needed palate cleanser between the SciFi and thrillers I normally read. ( )
1 vote staceyfronczak | Apr 3, 2018 |
No, Phaedra Patrick's “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” cannot be considered great literature. It is too sentimental, too orchestrated for that. Still it makes great reading.

Her story tells of a 69-year-old man, widowed one year before, who decides the time has come to dispose of his wife's things. He finds something he doesn't remember ever seeing before, a charm bracelet that makes him wonder where Miriam collected those charms and what their significance could have been. Why did she never mention them in 40 years?

Arthur Pepper, a retired locksmith, has always been a quiet, colorless man, even more so in the year since his wife died. He rarely leaves the house, and Bernadette, a neighbor known for adopting lost causes, sometimes has to leave her food offerings at his doorstep because he won't answer her knock.

The charms, however, spur Arthur into action. One in the shape of an elephant has a telephone number on it. He dials that number and reaches a man in India who says Miriam cared for him when he was a small boy. Arthur never knew his wife had been in India. Other charms lead him to Paris, to London, to an art school where Miriam's image still hangs on the wall and even to an estate where tigers roam and where a former playboy still lives. What kind of life did Miriam lead before marrying Arthur? And why did she marry him, of all men, then never tell him about her earlier life? Was she really happy?

The man's journey of exploration, of course, brings him out of his shell and, more than that, affects his ability to relate to other people, including Bernadette and his grown children who, with problems of their own, have become distant. Neither of them even attended their mother's funeral.

Patrick, even when stretching belief, keeps all this not just interesting, but compelling. She answers all of Arthur's questions and leaves him, and her readers, satisfied. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Mar 14, 2018 |
If you found room in your heart for Öve, then you will easily find room for dear Arthur as he opens his life to oh, so many new things. If you enjoyed the quirky spunk of Eleanor Oliphant you will be delighted by the way that Arthur Pepper expands himself when he could instead simply take a seat in a rocking chair and never really live another day.

We do not betray the memory of a deceased love one when we go on living. Arthur lives on. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Jan 10, 2018 |
BRILLIANT. Couldn't put it down. ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778319334, Hardcover)

In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure 

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. 

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places. 

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life's infinite possibilities.

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"Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met-- a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places"--Jacket.… (more)

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