The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Describe it in 25 words or less. A woman undergoing electroconvulsive therapy experiences transmigration of the soul cycling through 3 parallel lives and all the time trying to make each one perfect.
Who was your favorite character and why? Ruth because she is so true to herself no matter the time period.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Nathan because he does some things that are unforgivable.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It took me about 30 pages to get into it. Was it worth the wait? Definitely worth the wait.
What did you think of the ending? Perfect and full of hope.
What was the moral of the story? Cherish every moment you have with the ones you love for you never know how long you have with them.
Did you learn anything? That there was a flu epidemic in New York in 1918.
Favorite quote: “But to those who lived in those times, of course, none of it seemed strange. It was ordinary life, with all its troubles, and only when they were jolted off the rails for an instant did they see how odd, how beautiful, everything around them was. Jolted by love or death.”
Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I think it would make an excellent film. It’s been rumored that Madonna has the rights to the book now. Whether that will be a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen. Any ideas on casting? I’d like to see Paul Bettany as Felix.
Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has ever thought their lives would have been better if they’d been born in another time.
Number of unknown words: 13
What if you made a wish and that wish opened a door to another world where it had come true? What would you wish for and would you go through the door?