by Sukey HowardJuly, 2005
Elizabeth Berg is a teller of tender, touching, grown-up tales, always tinged with humor and insight. The Year of Pleasures, her latest narrated by Sandra Burr, whose distinctive voice and delivery suit perfectly here is vintage Berg. Betta Nolan has just lost her beloved husband and, contrary to conventional wisdom, makes a major move from Boston to a small Midwestern town. Still wrapped in sorrow, Betta begins a new life, reaches out to old friends and comes to understand the comforts and pleasures of ordinary things. Berg doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty of loneliness and, perhaps, the impossibility of ever finding the love and intense closeness that's been lost; yet she does offer hope, a hope so honest that the tug on your heartstrings begins to lighten.