I loved this book – it really was about human ‘bonding’. Two women, backgrounds and a generation apart form a spontaneous but unlikely friendship. However, newly separated Georgie is surprised when she is named as next-of-kin when elderly and frail Mrs Shapiro falls and ends up in hospital.
The story centres around not just the two women’s stories but also the huge, crumbling old house where Mrs Shapiro has lived for decades.
The book deals with all different kinds of relationships, how they are formed and how preconceptions can be dashed. as always, Marina Lewycka brings in a serious subject and deals with it in an easily accessible manner – this time the Arab-Israeli conflicts.
Very easy to read, and extremely enjoyable with the cliched ‘host of colourful characters’ who really do come to life and make you care about what happens to them.