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Three Things About Elsie: A Novel (Hardcover)
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The bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel “infused with warmth and humor” (People) about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together.
There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing…might take a bit more explaining.
Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie “breathes with suspense, providing along the way piercing, poetic descriptions, countless tiny mysteries, and breathtaking little reveals…a rich portrait of old age and friendship stretched over a fascinating frame” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). This is an “amusing and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly) story about forever friends on the twisting path of life who come to understand how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.
About the Author
Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist with a degree from Leicester Medical School. She lives in England’s Peak District with her family and her dog. She is the author of Three Things About Elsie and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, a top ten bestseller in the UK.
“Breathes with suspense, providing along the way piercing, poetic descriptions, countless tiny mysteries, and breathtaking little reveals… a rich portrait of old age and friendship stretched over a fascinating frame.”
—Kirkus (starred review)
“A tender and charismatic look into life in a nursing home. Cannon effortlessly captures the home’s slow routines, along with the ways that staff and residents coexist but often know little about each other . . . This heartfelt tale of friendship and aging explores letting go of the past in order to live fully in the present.”
“Amusing and heartbreaking.”
“A heartwarming meditation on friendship and the way people we love shape us for the rest of our days.”
"A wonderful and entertaining feel-good story."
“Cannon’s tale is infused with warmth and humor.”
"Florence attempts to unravel a mystery in this blend of crime thriller, character study, and treatise on the nature of memory."
“Older characters are beginning to get their own literature, and Cannon’s title is a positive addition [with its] little gems of wisdom.”
"Irresistibly good-hearted . . . captivating."
—The Daily Telegraph
"Powerful and profound."
"Funny, melancholy, acutely observant . . . your heart will finally crack in two on the last page."
Praise for The Trouble with Goats and Sheep:
"A delight from start to finish."
—Paula Hawkins, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train
"Cannon's intense specificiy captures a world in amber . . . a microcosm rife with tiny extraordinaries."
—Samantha Hunt, The New York Times Book Review
"A unique and unforgettable debut."
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal