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A charming little riff on getting old, widowhood and death,
This review is from: Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill (Paperback)
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You heard me right. But if that sounds grim, it shouldn't. Winter in rural Flanders: the eponymous widow, Madame Verona, old and heartbroken, goes down the hill in order to sit it out on a bench in the freezing night, Lawrence Oates-stylee, armed with a cello made from the wood of the tree from which her husband has hanged himself. What follows are her bitterswweet final memories. Verhulst has written a short, beautiful story of enduring love, shot through with with a series of strange anecdotes about village life that provide a comedy of manners to set against the doom of a very short, very good novella.