Eleanor and Abel
By (author) Annette Sanford
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Eleanor and Abel by Annette Sanford
Book DescriptionFrom an award-winning writer, an utterly charming, delightfully fractured fairy tale of a romance between two people old enough to know better. When a storm tears a hole in Miss Eleanor Bannister's roof, the itinerant carpenter who volunteers to repair it is so capable and charming that he remodels Miss Eleanor's life. A retired schoolteacher in the town where she's always lived, Eleanor, at age sixty-nine, finds the sudden presence of Abel Brown in her life unnerving and unsettling --and after a time, irresistible. He shakes up her fixed ideas of who she is and starts her wanting something she never imagined for herself. Amid many complications, Eleanor and Abel proceed on the fractious course of their courtship, in a novel that is never less than captivating, witty, and pointedly clear-eyed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781582432731
(197mm x 124mm x 22mm)
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
UK Kirkus Review » Some people wait their whole life to fall in love. Some people never do. Eleanor Bannister, spinster, retired, thought that she belonged to the latter. Until the day, that is, when Abel Brown meandered into town. Abel by name and able by nature, he fixes her roof, mows the lawn, mends the steps, renovates the small 'Honeymoon Cottage' in her garden, befriends her nosey-but-kind neighbour across the street and gradually breaks down her defences. Used to her routine, disliking interference, Eleanor has kept her parents home exactly as it was when they were alive. The wardrobe is still full of her mother's clothes, she uses her mother's purse, and she writes a daily journal addressing it to her long dead parents. Eleanor is living in a time warp. Forced to confront her shortcomings and full of self-doubt, she re-evaluates her life and finds it wanting. Two lonely people in small-town America find eachother and face what is left of their future together. Heart-warming, funny, poignant and lovely. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » Love among the geezers, rather staidly told but touching nonetheless, by Texas author Sanford (Crossing Shattuck Bridge, 1999, etc.). Eleanor Bannister, 69, is a recently retired schoolteacher who remembers practically everyone in her small hometown of Grover, Texas, from the days when they struggled through the alphabet in her classroom. It's like a maternity of sorts, and it seems to have saved the single and childless Eleanor from the fussy eccentricities so often associated with spinsterhood. But Eleanor is an Old Maid all the same, and the rhythms of her life-church on Sunday, gossip with her friend Grace, corn flakes for dinner-suggest a familiar solitude that expects no further surprises from life. Eleanor is unprepared, then, for the arrival of Abel Brown, an itinerant 70-year-old carpenter who lives in a trailer and shows up at the door one day asking Eleanor to rent him the rundown cottage she owns across town. When she refuses (on the grounds that she's planning to sell it), Abel promptly offers to fix it up for her so that she can get a better price. It's less trouble to agree with Abel than to argue with him, so Eleanor does-and begins a new and wholly unexpected friendship that soon blossoms into romance. By the time Abel has finished the repairs, he and Eleanor are deeply in love. What's to stop them from getting married? Nothing at all-although the arrival of Abel's ten-year-old granddaughter (who comes to stay with him while her mother goes looking for her errant husband) complicates things a bit. But Eleanor takes in both Abel and the girl and sets up something she has never had since her parents died-a home. Pleasant enough but curiously dull, with few surprises and little suspense. Best for those greatly devoted to love stories in the Bridges of Madison County vein. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Annette Sanford
Annette Sanford taught English for many years before becoming a full-time writer. Her first collection, Lasting Attachments received the Southwest Booksellers-Dallas Times Herald fiction award. Her stories have been featured on Public Radio and have been read in live performance at Symphony Space literary events in New York City and at the Texas Bound Literary Series in Dallas. Her stories have appeared in many journals and have been anthologised in Best American Short Stories, New Fiction from New England, and New Stories from the South, The Year's Best. She is also the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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