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Etta and Otto and Russell and James
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date May 26, 2015
Pages 305
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781476755687
ISBN-10 147675568X
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.64 lbs.
Original list price $15.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This “poetic, poignant” (US Weekly) debut features last great adventures, unlikely heroes, and a “sweet, disarming story of lasting love” (The New York Times Book Review).

Eighty-three-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea. As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur.

Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. “I will try to remember to come back,” Etta writes to her husband. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay. Meanwhile, their neighbor Russell has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar. Russell insists on finding Etta, wherever she’s gone. Leaving his own farm will be the first act of defiance in his life.

Moving from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion, from trying to remember to trying to forget, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is an astounding literary debut “of deep longing, for reinvention and self-discovery, as well as for the past and for love and for the boundless unknown” (San Francisco Chronicle). “In this haunting debut, set in a starkly beautiful landscape, Hooper delineates the stories of Etta and the men she loved (Otto and Russell) as they intertwine through youth and wartime and into old age. It’s a lovely book you’ll want to linger over” (People).

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9781410477071 Book cover for 9781476755670
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (April 1, 2015)
9781410477071 | details & prices | 411 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.16 lbs | List price $30.99
About: Etta is starting to forget.
from Simon & Schuster (January 20, 2015)
9781476755670 | details & prices | 305 pages | 6.25 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.08 lbs | List price $26.00
About: A gorgeous literary debut about unlikely heroes, lifelong promises, and last great adventures.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (May 26, 2015)
9781476755687 | details & prices | 305 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $15.99
About: This “poetic, poignant” (US Weekly) debut features last great adventures, unlikely heroes, and a “sweet, disarming story of lasting love” (The New York Times Book Review).

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