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"The Red Address Book" by Sofia Lundberg

"The Red Address Book" by Sofia Lundberg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

"The Red Address Book" by Sofia Lundberg; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (290 pages, $25)

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Doris is 96, frail and living alone in Stockholm. Health aides drop in, but her only real interaction is a Skype relationship with Jenny, a beloved grandniece in America. Writing to Jenny, Doris tells her life story through the pages of her address book, describing the people she has known (and outlived) through war, deprivation and grief.

The elderly Doris falls and is hospitalized, but the address-book Doris is a child, then a maid, a fashion model, a young woman dizzy in love. Despite bumpy sections and an improbable ending, the book is a testament to the power of love and stories to bridge generations.

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