The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

Marianne Cronin. HarperPerennial, $17 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-301750-4
Cronin’s touching debut is a joyous celebration of friendship, love, and life. Lenni Pettersson, 17, is dying from an unspecified illness. During her stay as a patient at Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital, she befriends Margot Macrae, an 83-year-old dying of heart disease. After an art therapist named Pippa shows Lenni how to paint, an idea slips into her mind “like a silverfish”: she suggests that she and Margot make 100 paintings illustrating their cumulative years of life. Meanwhile, Margot’s life story gradually emerges in chapters from her point of view. She has been in love with a woman named Meena since before she met her husband, who has since died, and decides that if her surgery goes well she will meet Meena in Vietnam and accept her marriage proposal. While the narrative voice sometimes feels a bit too childlike for a 17-year-old, the story offers plenty of uplifting wisdom (Pippa reminds Lenni and Margot they are “living,” not “dying”). Fans of life-affirming tearjerkers will be touched. Agent: Alexandra Machinist, ICM Partners. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/06/2021
Release date: 06/01/2021
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-301751-1
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