Bookish Witch

A Woman in a Million by Monica Wood

Book blurb:

Warm, funny and heart-breaking, this short-story prequel to THE ONE IN A MILLION BOY – the book on everyone’s lips – will make you laugh and cry with the turn of a page. If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Shock of the Fall, this is for you…

There’s someone you should meet. But, before you do…

She’s just turned one hundred. She doesn’t want a birthday party. Or a TV interview. She’s too busy practising for her driving test. And hoodwinking church visitors with magic tricks.

She’s Miss Ona Vitkus. And she’s one in a million.

What readers are saying about A WOMAN IN A MILLION:

‘A touching story and so well toldExcellent book’

‘The characters, the plot and the writing are something very special indeed

‘A wonderful short story about a remarkable womanOna has so much spirit, I immediately loved her

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Pages: 41

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 0 INR/$0.00

My Ratings: 3.9/5

This short story is a prequel to the much-loved novel The One in A Million Boy by the same author. Focusing on Ms. Ona Vitkus, a 100-year-old woman, this is a heartwarming yet fun read and lays the perfect platform for its successor.

What I liked about the book:

–> That it leaves you not just in awe of Ona (the protagonist) but also makes you empathize with her.

–> Despite her age, Ona is shown to be fiercely independent, where she insists on driving around on her own to buy her groceries and do other stuff.

–> Ona is a modern-day woman inside the body of an old woman; she is savagely sassy, a no-nonsense person, a divorcee and was a working woman in her day and age (of which she is rightly quite proud)

What I did not like about the book:

–> For all its amazing lead characters, I wish the book focused more on them rather than the telling of the story.

–> The praise for the book and the beginning of the next book take up more pages than I would have liked.

Quotable quotes:

–>’Our church is just over there, across Brighton Avenue. You could throw a stone from here and break our window’

‘I just might.’

–>She could not-she would not- call a grown woman Candy.

–>Life belongs to those who celebrate.

–>Every test is different.

–>No time like the present.

–>In life, it’s good to rely on other people. But behind the wheel, you rely on yourself.

–> Give a grown man cake and he lowers his guard.

–>’Not to state the obvious, but-

‘The obvious rarely needs stating.’

–>Certain things, examined in the frozen light of retrospect, were simply unforgivable.

–> When she loved a story she gave it to him whole.

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