Call It a Gift

Call It a Gift

by Valerie Hobbs
     
 

In Valerie Hobb’s novel, Jeronimo is seventy-seven and Emily eighty-two when they meet. It is not despite their age but because of it that theirs is a story of passion, and finally of grace. Jeronimo Smith is having a particularly bad day, and he needs the poems of William Butler Yeats to get him through it. But the book has just been checked out of the Santa

Overview

In Valerie Hobb’s novel, Jeronimo is seventy-seven and Emily eighty-two when they meet. It is not despite their age but because of it that theirs is a story of passion, and finally of grace. Jeronimo Smith is having a particularly bad day, and he needs the poems of William Butler Yeats to get him through it. But the book has just been checked out of the Santa Barbara Public Library. When he accosts the widow who has the book, he meets the woman who will become the love of his life. Their elopement is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and the setting for a tender, bittersweet love story. The two must wrestle with balancing their family responsibilities with their own needs, with coming to terms with old prejudices and with the need to stay close to what is wild in the world and in themselves, despite pressures to age "sensibly." Together, they conclude that life, whatever its challenges, is meant to be lived fully to its very end. Call It a Gift dazzles with profoundly human characters and beautiful settings, unforgettable in the way it reminds us that romance and adventure are not merely for the young.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Valerie Hobbs has not only filled a void in contemporary fiction, but addressed the problems of aging in a realistic, sensitive and often highly entertaining fashion, engrossing the reader in the lives of her feisty protagonists." -Plus Magazine

"It's a delightful book." —Marilyn Dahlshelf-awareness.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874176124
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
02/18/2005
Series:
Western Literature Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,205,702
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Hobbs was a Publisher's Weekly "Flying Start" author after the publication of her first novel,How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn’t Called You Back. She is the author of eight books for young adults. She has won the PEN/Norma Klein Award for Children’s Literature and the American Library Association award for the Best Young Adult Novel. Call it a Gift is her first novel for adults and was named a Book Sense paperback pick for summer reading.

Valerie Hobbs lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, Jack, a high school teacher, and is an Emeritus Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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