What is it about?
Arthur Pepper lives a small life of order and routine, in solitude thanks to the death of his beloved wife and the growing rift between Arthur and his two children, Dan and Lucy. His neighbour tries to break the monotony of things by bringing around the occasional homemade pastry, but for the most part Arthur stays indoors with his fern Frederica. That is, until – a year after his wife’s death – he finds a strange charm bracelet that sets him off on an obscure journey to find out about a past he never knew. He will see things he never thought he would – tigers, Paris, a world-famous author – and realise that old age is far more than it’s cracked up to be.
Is it any good?
Endearing as it is charming, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a feelgood read that will make you want to live life all over again. The premise is clever and unique, with a vast array of overwhelmingly likable characters to fill it out, although the story line does feel very haphazard and unplanned and the dialogue could use some work. Arthur Pepper is such a darling character whom the reader can’t help but to root for. A tale of grief, old age and adventure, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is, in a word, delightful.
How long did it take to read: five days
This book tastes like: sweetcorn