The Year of Pleasures

The Year of Pleasures

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simply 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, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400061600
Branch Call Number: FIC BERG
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 12, 2019

I like the premise and the characters but the writer kept jumping the story without any logical transitions. Story threads just ended abruptly without resolution. I would have given it a higher rating without this major flaw.

I'd call this very forgettable.

Bierlingen Jul 18, 2014

The story of the transition of a woman who has experienced unfathomable loss. We follow with her the baby steps she takes to evolve into a different yet very satisfactory life. I would recommend it.

brianreynolds Feb 16, 2014

It snowed. Betta shovelled it. She made some phone calls. She ate—a number of times and different things. Elizabeth Berg’s <i> The Year of Pleasures</i> paints vivid pictures of all things real and imagined in the life of her grieving widow. To what end, I am scratching my head. If there is a story here, I’m afraid I missed it.

Oct 30, 2013

My year would have been much more pleasant without this sad read.

Nov 29, 2010

This author is a master of small details that capture a moment in time. I also like how each of her characters is flawed but likeable, especially the heroine. The final result is a deep but not depressing picture of one widow's attempt at reclaiming her life after the loss of a beloved partner. Very real, and personal but still universal.


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Sep 18, 2015

daloveka30 thinks this title is suitable for 40 years and over


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