Three Things About Elsie

Three Things About Elsie

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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"'There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing...might take a bit more explaining.' Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago? From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501187384
Branch Call Number: FIC CANNON
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 3 things about Elsie


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SnoIsleLib_MarieB Jun 04, 2019

This gently suspenseful story of two friends living in a retirement home features a leisurely, compelling plot told across multiple timelines.

This literary mystery is part “Waiting for God” and part “Gaslight” with just the right touch of acerbic wit. Suggested by Marie B.

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Mar 10, 2020

I like this book. Set in a retirement village that Florence Claybourne lives at. It is about Florence & her friend Elsie's friendship throughout the years & it's also about a mystery from their past that rears its head again in these latter years. The characters are believable, with great description.

Feb 10, 2020

Although this book got off to a slow start, I'm glad I stuck with it to the end. Florence Claybourne has fallen in her flat at the Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly and is waiting for someone to notice. The story takes place over almost seven hours and a lifetime. As Florence's mind slips between the past and the present, the reader also shares her past experiences with Elsie and Jack. Cannon very skillfully portrays an aging mind that moves in and out of dementia. I must admit the ending was stunning and I never saw it coming.

multcolib_susannel Jun 26, 2019

This tale of friendship, spanning 60 years, is about the mysterious working of a woman's mind who is determined not to forget her best friend.

Jan 19, 2019

I've never had a problem finishing a book, because I love to read and figure at some point it is going to just kick in but I just could not go beyond 3 chapters on this, nothing about it could pic my interest. Will go down in my books as a non reader Hopefully the only one

Nov 26, 2018

I love this author. She also wrote The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. She does a good job of developing the characters and there is lots of intrigue. Both are a great read.

Oct 04, 2018

This is a great book, the characters and relationships are described so well. I have been telling my friends about it. It starts a little slow but picks up the pace as the mystery unfolds.


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