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A Nós - (To Us)

Ellen Homewood

At the age of sixty, newly widowed Maddy Duncan finds herself sitting atop the compost heap of life; invisible, unneeded and decidedly unloved, until a thirty-three year old Portuguese landscaper saunters through her garden gate and knocks her off her rocker. "I am not here to explore you," Jose vows. But of course he is! Maddy knows it, but goes along for the ride. It beats the hell out of bingo! On the way, they both learn a great deal about the amazing power of love at any age. Working on a novel that rewrites the Greek Oedipus myth from the point of view of the much maligned and misunderstood Jocasta, Maddy discovers her own passionate nature as she experiences life and love with a man young enough to be her son. Her friends, Maddy's personal Greek chorus, chime in with the voices of reason, predicting doom for Maddy's unorthodox affair. But like Jocasta, Maddy exists beyond logic or good sense, lost in the timeless fascination of a woman for a man. A Nos is a toast meaning 'to us' in Portuguese. Funny, tragic, honest and real, this story will resonate with the mature reader who understands that life and love and yes, even sexuality continue long after youth has fled.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: Oct 15th, 2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.99in - 5.24in - 0.75in - 0.82lb
  • EAN: 9781452857794
  • Categories: Literary

About the Author

This novel is based on personal experiences of the author who has travelled extensively in Portugal and Greece. She has a B.A. in English Literature from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and describes herself as a Greekophile, who fell in love with the country and it's people on her first visit there. The story of Oedipus and Jocasta has always interested her and seemed to somehow fit with the modern tragedy of her own life when her husband died suddenly and left her to fend for herself at the age of sixty.Lonely and despondent she befriended a young Portuguese man who invaded her life and made her want to live again.