The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Hardcover)
Mira Books, 9780778319337, 336pp.
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
June 2016 Indie Next List
— Lisa Fabiano (E), An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
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-Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise...The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart.- -- Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris BookshopDon't miss this curiously charming debut In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing 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 joyous celebration of life's infinite possibilities.More Praise: -Tender, insightful, and surprising... Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook.- -- Library Journal, starred review
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- What do you think the ending suggests about Arthur’s mindset at the end of his journey? Is he hopeful? At peace? What do you think is next for him?
- How does Arthur’s journey change him? What does he ultimately learn about himself?
- As Arthur discovers more about Miriam’s secret life, how do you think his feelings about his marriage to her changes?
- Why do you think Miriam never told Arthur about her life before they met? Do you think she was justified in keeping such big secrets?