Nina's Reading Blog

Comments on books I am reading/listening to

Evenings at Five

Posted by nliakos on December 9, 2007

by Gail Godwin; read by the author

This is the story of Christina and Rudy, author and composer, who fell in love and got married, made a life together and always had cocktails at five o’clock. There is a lot of detail about the drinks they have at the beginning, which seemed kind of odd. After Rudy’s death, Christina has to make sense of her life without him. For a while, she seems to succumb to the temptation to drown her sorrows in alcohol, but she seems to pull herself together.

The novel is very short, only two CDs, so I think it may be appropriate for older English learners; I doubt that younger readers (18-30) would identify with the characters, though.

Gail Godwin as narrator has the exact same gentle Southern accent as my friend Roberta. I wonder if she is from Richmond!

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