Quartet in Autumn; Barbara Pym
Plume - 1977
This is a book I had on my 2022 - 2023 Bucket list and, I am happy I had a chance to finally read it.
Quartet in Autumn is the story of (4) older coworkers approaching retirement age: Edwin, Norman, Marcia and Letty. Each is single, lives alone and except for work lives a mostly solitary life. When the (2) women retire, the story takes a darker turn. Instead of the leisurely days one tends to associate with not having to get up ealy and go to work each day. the reader gets a glimpse at how sad and lonely a life without plans, dreams, hobbies or friends can be.
I thought this story was very well written. Pym uses wry humor to which at times take away from what could have been a very depressing story.
Rating - 4/5 stars
Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendship; Nina Totenberg
Simon & Schuster Audio - 2022
Nina Totenberg had a long career as a prize winning reporter for the National Observer and NPR. Her professional career also led to a remarkable fifty year friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
While I was expecting a book that would focus mostly on the author's friendship and professional relationship with RBG that is only a small part of the story. This book is a memoir about Nina T and it is fairly well written. but just not what I was expecting. I admired how these women fought for a voice for advancing equality for women over the years. There were some heavier, more personal insights as well: both women had to deal with the illness and subsequent deaths of their spouses. While this memoir was interesting enough, I expect that readers who were looking forward to a focus on RBG will be somewhat disappointed. The audio is read by the author.
RATING - 3/5 stars