The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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Finding a mysterious bracelet among his late wife's possessions, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death and embarks on a quest to learn about his wife's life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries. 100,000 first printing.

"Phaedra Patrick understands the soul. Eccentric, charming, and wise…The Curious Charms is not just for those who are mourning over love or the past. This book will illuminate your heart." — Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

Don’t miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.

More Praise:
"Tender, insightful, and surprising… [Arthur Pepper] will instantly capture the hearts of readers who loved Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook." — Library Journal, starred review

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Finding a mysterious charm bracelet among his late wife's possessions, sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death and embarks on a quest to learn about his wife's life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, [2016]
ISBN: 9780778319337
Branch Call Number: FICTION PATRICK 2016
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 22 cm


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GardenHome_HeatherW Oct 09, 2018

Reminiscent of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye". Enjoyable, easy to read while traveling book.

ylpladults Aug 23, 2018

Poor Arthur Pepper has been a widow for a year. Now it’s time to get rid of his wife’s things. While doing this, he finds a charm bracelet he’s never seen before. Arthur decides to research the charms and find out more about his wife’s life before they met. This was a charming (pun intended) novel. Arthur grows as a character and I rooted for him as he researched the charms and his world expanded.

Aug 01, 2018

I wanted to like this book more than I did, it just seemed to drag and confused me at times.

SCL_Heather Jul 11, 2018

When Arthur Pepper decides to clean out his wife's things on the first anniversary of her death, he discovers that he may not have known everything about her. He sets off on a journey to learn about her past and, in doing so, discovers more about himself. An utterly charming story about coping with loss, finding yourself and understanding love.

robertafsmith May 02, 2018

Roberta's pick: This is a sweet read about coping with bereavement after a lifelong marriage, (one in which you had thought you knew everything there was to know about your partner). Arthur Pepper finds out more than he ever knew about his late wife when he explores the charms on a bracelet he discovers a year after her death. You will forgive it the predictability of its structure because it is a kind book and a heart-warming read.

Mar 17, 2018

Arthur Pepper is stagnant after the death of his wife, until he discovers a charm bracelet in her closet that he doesn’t recognize. Each of the charms leads him on a journey to discover more about his wife’s past that he didn’t know and inspires him to live again. A charming story of grief, regret, and ultimately finding a way to live again. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read featuring a good-natured grump, this one might suit.

Jan 17, 2018

I was not really charmed nor very curious while reading this book. The novel felt like a less well done version of "A Man Called Ove." A bit gimmicky, and the characters' transformations felt unearned.

Jan 16, 2018

Loved it

Dec 02, 2017

Very enjoyable book. Fairly fast read. Characters were memorable. Highly recommend the book.

Oct 25, 2017

A lovely glimpse into the power grief, how it shapes, molds and determines choices:
the story line: simple, a found charm bracelet representing a hidden past-how the search for answers of that past led to a happy future, reconciliation, a new life filled with hope and promise

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