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The whole atmosphere of the town is so perfectly rendered; everyone has secrets — even the young kids. The pacing of the gradual reveal of these secrets is masterful; Hawkins is a pro at building up just the right amount of suspense.
The novel is such a clever study of dementia — the ebbs and flows of the illness itself. The progression from a woman who is mobile, continent and conversant — even if in an erratic way — to a woman who needs full time care; the periods of calm and stability to the swift progression of falls, incontinence, and full time care. All of this is dealt with sensitively but without being overly sentimental.
Daisy’s inner monologues are hilarious. Her commentary is spot-on for a kid that age (I can only assume!) and the plot development was quick and easy to follow.
It’s how you act on assumptions that makes all the difference. Like other bleeding heart liberals, I’m hoping that society in general will continue to become more tolerant and accepting of people’s differences.
This is a story of awakening and discovery as Miss Pettigrew becomes a real-life Cinderella who has been gifted 24 hours to live a life she had never before dreamed of but embraces whole heartedly.