The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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Thorndike Press, Feb 7, 2017 - Fiction - 446 pages

"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

Don t miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife s secret life before they met a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life s infinite possibilities.

More Praise:
"Tender, insightful, and surprising [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain s The Red Notebook." Library Journal, starred review


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User Review  - etxgardener - LibraryThing

There seems to be a new fiction genre that concerns older British men who are set in their ways and living lives of quiet desperation until they get a nudge from a person or a past event or both and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Romonko - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful book of aging and loss. When the story begins, we meet 69 year old Arthur Pepper. His wife of 40 years passed away a year before this book begins, and Arthur has been living alone ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. She is a prize winning short story writer and now writes full time. She lives in the UK with her husband and son. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel.

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