The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer

The Restoration of Otto Laird

Nigel Packer

An endearing, thought-provoking and life-affirming tale with quirky yet likeable characters. A real feeling of the passing of time makes this a poignant retrospective shot through with the symbiosis of memory and place. This is a very human story where regrets and reconciliation result in feelings of hope.

Extract

Chloe wanted to know more about this troubled relationship with Daniel; about the long and eventful life that Otto had led. Yet the sight of his ancient face, the unfathomable depths of his eyes, brought home to her just how great was the gulf that separated his generation from her own. Dare she tread the eggshell bridge that seemed to divide them? No, it was impossible. The chasm in human experience could not be breached. And so she talked to him about other things instead.

Parallels
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  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey