Sunday, February 01, 2015
Us by David Nicholls
I really enjoyed One Day by David Nicholls and had read enough pre-publication hype about Us to convince myself that I would love it too. I was not disappointed! Nicholls is an author and screen writer and I am already anxious for the movie version of Us, especially if the movie is true to the European vacation itinerary of the novel.
Connie Peterson tells her husband, Douglas, that she plans to leave him after they return from a trip they have planned to take with their son, Albie, who is about to leave for college. The plan is a grand tour of France, Spain, Amsterdam and Italy, complete with all the art museums and requisite life-changing tourist stops. But the life-changing happens as a result of people more than places. The reader travels along inside Douglas's simultaneously humorous and painfully honest narration. Although the optimistic reader hopes for a happily-ever-after ending, pleasant realism is a pretty good was to end a pretty endearing story.