I give it 4* (5* kept for both exceptional writing and good editing; here the Kindle version contains many words hyphenated that shouldn't be (from print version layout?) - I find the carelessness of Kindle versions deeply strange).
I love books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read to date, and this is no exception. There is enough plot and context to hold the piece together, but otherwise it is an exploration of someone's mind through a medley of observations, recollections and imaginings.
This is the second of her books with the theme of a woman whose husband, in a very close marriage, has died unexpectedly a little while earlier (the first being `The Year of Pleasures'). That provides a rich context where we are able to watch as she unpicks, in a gentle and discursive manner, what she thought her marriage was, and who she is now.
There is never a sense of haste, and it is an almost meditative read. I like that the woman in question has some characteristics I find difficult in others (fussy, over-protective, indecisive), as I was able to see these from the inside.
I had just discarded a book (by a different author) that felt flat, forced and unidimensional; and here I found myself engrossed, and occasionally brought to laughter and tears on the same page. It felt simultaneously light and deeply satisfying.