I can hardly wait to tell you about this delightful story, the third in Okimoto’s trilogy about Vashon Island and its special landmarks and the culture of living on an island close to a huge and popular city. The book came into my computer as a digital file and I needed to make a list of 10 things I was going to accomplish before I read the first page because I knew I would just be hooked right away and unable to do anything else. The author is a great story telling wizard with just the most remarkable humor, she must have a twinkle in her eye at all times. She certainly has caught island life and the foibles and emotions of the folks who inhabit and live within it’s confines.
TLC Book Tours has now sent me each of the books Okimoto has written for review. I am just so lucky. THE LOVE CEILING was the start and then we moved onto WALTER’S MUSE. The wise philosopher has turned 90 and is included into this new story, along with Maggie and Walter and Howie and Mark but the cast has expanded to include more of the folks who are a part of Albert Paugh’s life and veterinary practice.
The characters are so believable and may just remind you of someone you know and enjoy. I felt a need to call one of my neighbors and also to entice my husband into reading this story as he is looking forward to retirement with no major plans except to paint and walk our dog. He may just find himself confused also.
Dr. Paugh has had a heart attack and his wife persuaded him to sell his practice and retire. It was just in time, as she needed help to heal from a lung cancer, which changed her life and what she wanted for her future. Albert was not included in that future and after 24 years he is about to become divorced. His wife never did like Bert, his chocolate lab, and now the two must find a new place to live and what to do with their time.
The single women, of a certain age and dog owners are quite interested in Dr. Paugh’s new status and this is becoming a problem that sends Al and Bert to the beach for long walks.
I was able to persuade my large book group to read WALTER’s MUSE and I think I will have luck again with THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH. What will we all do at retirement? And how will we feel useful and of service to others and what will capture our energies in a good way and in a concerning way?
It was delightful to see how Dr. Paugh and the folks on Vashon Island were taking hold and making a difference to so many.
From the Book:
“Jean Davis Okimoto is an author and playwright whose books and short stories have been translated into Japanese, Italian, Chinese, German, Korean, Danish and Hebrew. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Smithsonian Notable Book, The American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Washington Governor’s Award, the Green Earth Book Award, and the International Reading Association Readers Choice Award. Her picture book, Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat was adapted by Shelly Duvall for the HBO and Showtime television series BEDTIME STORIES. Jeanie, who is also a retired psychotherapist, began writing for adults when she and her husband Joe retired to Vashon Island in 2004 where they (and their dogs Bert and Willie) are visited by deer families and their six grandchildren.”
This book is for anyone who likes a good story, has retired, is failing retirement, and enjoys a fun read. One does not need to read all three stories but they are so fun, Why not? THE REINVENTION OF ALBERT PAUGH