ALL THE NEWS I NEED is full of wonderful words placed with delicate care and mixed with adjectives, which are perfection. Frank’s has created a word salad that is filled with glorious descriptions of feelings and attitudes and fears and delights that just move the reader along the page onto the next and each new expression. It was a heady trip into two lives contemplating being old and the losses of their lives.
ALL THE NEWS I NEED is the winner of the Juniper Prize for fiction.
The story moves at just the perfect pace to draw the reader into the lives of two well-described characters, who lead us to our own feelings about aging and the use of our time. Do we walk and walk or read and read remembering to water the plants and do our shopping? What are our habits and routines that keep us moving forward?
Fran and Ollie’s ‘rules for aging’ section makes this book well worth the price – actually the whole story makes the book a keeper. I have bookmarked the rules and read them at least a dozen times. They make me smile
From the cover:
All THE NEWS I NEED probes the modern American response to inevitable, ancient riddles – of love and sex and mortality. Frances Ferguson is a lonely sharp-tongued widow who lives in the wine country. Oliver Gaffney is a painfully shy gay man who guards a secret and lives out equally lonely days in San Francisco. Friends by default; Fran and Ollie nurse the deep anomie of loss and the creeping, animal betrayal of aging. Each loves routine but is anxious that life might be passing by. To crack open this stalemate, Fran insists the two travel together to Paris. The aftermath of their fun, bittersweet journey suggest those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves – somewhere toward the end.
I am sorry the publisher sent me this book so close to the review date as I would have loved to read it twice before writing the review, as it turned out I only had 3 days, so I will read it again and again at another time. It is on the schedule for both of my book groups.
TLC Book Tours sent the book to me and Trish really insisted that I read this book, as she wanted to know my thoughts. So here they are and I LOVED this book and now want to read some more of Frank’s words in the future. Thank you so much. ALL THE NEWS I NEED is definitely on the top of my list of great reads.
This book is perfect for those who have retired or suffered a loss and are curious about the next parts of life to launch for themselves. It is really just a magnificent read for everyone. Oh how important are those small changes that define and bring meaning.
“Joan Frank is a writer of sublime power who reveals the lives of her characters with such care, insight, and elegance, that deeply buried feelings of victory and loss become inextricably bound up with our own.” (Simon Van Booy, author of FATHER”S DAY)
JOAN FRANK is the author of five books of fiction and a collection of essays on the writing life. She lives in Northern California with her husband, playwright Bob Duxbury.
“Joan Frank is a human insight machine.” —Carolyn Cooke