Sunday, August 09, 2009

Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? The answer lies in the story of Shrimp, a young widowed librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order; Benny, a gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village├é’s Old Bachelor; and an unlikely love that should not be as complicated as it seems. Reminiscent of the works of Carol Shields, this quirky, humorous, beautifully told novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.

my thoughts:

Benny & Shrimp is the tale of two thirty-somethings, who meet at the cemetary while visiting their loved ones who have passed on. This book was told from both perspectives, each alternating chapters. Shrimp, whose husbands grave she visits almost everyday and Benny, who visits his parents grave most days.
This book was interesting since the heroine is a plain Jane librarian, who lives in her well organized, spotless, bland apartment and the hero happens to be a dairy farmer who lives in a farm house that hasn't changed much in the last 50 years. There are no big, detailed sex scenes, neither hero or heroine transform into a gorgous person. This was just a funny, satisfying read that ended in such a way that I hope & look forward to a sequel! This book will give any single person, over the age of thirty, hope that there really is someone out there for everyone.

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