But Georgie only gets to the end of her road where she accidentally drives her car off the road and down into a steep ravine. Though I devoured this book rather greedily, it was for Georgie's voice and Itani's prose. Aunt Fred and her husband enjoyed terrific, passionate rows while Georgie's father, Mr Holmes, was a distant, unemotional hardware store manager. Frances Itani lives in Ottawa. Signed by Itani, on title page. Then unfurl her love, her loss, Harry's death--all the while returning in the present as she pulls her self to a place of better visibility.
However, a momentary distraction on the drive to the airport ends with Georgie's car falling to the bottom of a ravine with no one, except maybe Lilibet, knowing she is missing. Except that in her excited state, Georgie drives her car off the road, tumbling hood over trunk into a thickly wooded ravine. As her husband is dead, and her mother is very old, she has decided to go on her own, including driving to the airport in Toronto. All this she remembers while she is supposed to be lunching with the Queen. The group will be reading it later this year, but I will move away, so I read it now. It can appear jumpy but it's a wonderful simulation of how the mind works when we're alone with our brains.
It is just a woman reminiscing about her life and her family. What is a life worth? They fulfill the mission William Faulkner invoked in his acceptance of the Nobel Prize for literature. She's lying at the bottom of a ravine, having backed off into it while leaving her house for the airport. En route to the local airport, her car slips through a pair of guard posts and flips down a hillside, throwing her into the brush and leaving no trace of her accident visible from the road above. There were a few irritations. Oh, I'll never get over it.
Helpless and alone, she staves off thirst by sucking on the silver buttons of her cardigan. The binding is straight and tight. But there was nothing vivid about him, and he clammed up completely in the months before his death from cancer. As a young girl, she was fascinated by Grey's Anatomy, and memorized most of the human body parts, including the bones. All she has to do is drive to the airport and board the plane for London.
Not all her memories are happy ones and she includes the highs as well as the lows. This is an unlikely event in the life of a seemingly ordinary woman. . The two have the same birthday and Georgie has been picked as one of ninety-nine commoners to celebrate with the monarch on this special day. Except that Georgie drives off the road, her car plunging into a thickly wooded ravine.
Currently, she is on the Advisory Board for Youth in Motion's Top 20 Under 20. All books are marked down 10% until May 1, 2019. Georgie's vignettes of memory — interesting enough as they are — sound more as though she is reminiscing in an armchair in her mother's nursing home. I would argue, however, that the ending is the least important thing about all of this. The story is intense but brimming with life. Holmes, granddaughter to Grand Dan and my unmet grandfather, wife of Harry, mother of case, my child, and for a short time, little Matt.
Thrown from the car, injured, and unable to move, she must rely on her full store of family memories, her no-nonsense wit, and a recitation of the names of the bones in her body—an exercise from childhood—to remind her that she is still very much alive. How can there be so many? She spends several days there, with exposure This is Georgie's story. So Georgie is delighted to hear that she is one of 99 people invited to the Queen's birthday luncheon at Buckingham Palace. Ninety-nine men and women received the invitation, in all parts of Elizabeth's kingdom, every one of them born the same day. She tries to keep her mind alert by reciting the latin names of the bones in the body and remembering anecdotes from her life and her family, hoping to ward off the Grim Reaper who is ever inching closer. While driving herself to the airport Georgie runs off the road and into a ravine and is thrown from the car and injured.
I don't think the Queen Elizabeth part of the story is necessary, though. She was recently awarded the Order of Canada. Georgie's story was of her most extraordinary ordinary life, and my heart was wrung by the joy and the sadness alike. We touch each other in ways no one expects. But we have come to know Georgie through what may seem an ordinary life and feel a sense of sadness, as we recognize like Georgie, that what may seem ordinary also has meaning.
Because of her fiercely independent spirit, no one save for the Queen? Harry died a few years before the accident, and Georgie's grief over his death is still fresh when she tells her story. So, besides the narrative structure I suppose I also wanted a bit more passion. On the morning she leaves home in Ontario, Canada to go to the airport for her flight, she is distracted for a fraction of a second and ends up driving her car off of the road and into a ravine which is just a mile or so from her home. Except that Georgie drives off the road, her car plunging into a thickly wooded ravine. She then starts to reflect on the quiet, determined lives of four generations of the Danforths: Great Dan, Georgie's grandmother, her mother Phil, her aunt Fred, her sister Ally, her daughter Case, and her husband Harry. The 80-year-old Canadian widow was born on the same day as Elizabeth and, along with 98 other randomly selected guests, has been invited to a celebratory lunch at Buckingham Palace. This was well done, especially considering that it is told from the first person point of view which is very difficult to maintain for an entire novel.