The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
.ePUB, 359 pages
Publication Date: 21 May 2021
About The Book:
Albert Entwistle is a private man with a quiet, simple life. He lives alone with his cat Gracie. And he’s a postman. At least he was a postman until, three months before his sixty-fifth birthday, he receives a letter from the Royal Mail thanking him for decades of service and stating he is being forced into retirement. At once, Albert’s sole connection with his world unravels. Every day as a mail carrier, he would make his way through the streets of his small English town, delivering letters and parcels and returning greetings with a quick wave and a “how do?” Without the work that fills his days, what will be the point? He has no friends, family, or hobbies—just a past he never speaks of, and a lost love that fills him with regret. And so, rather than continue his lonely existence, Albert forms a brave plan to start truly living. It’s finally time to be honest about who he is. To seek the happiness he’s always denied himself. And to find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he loved and lost—but has never forgotten. As he does, something extraordinary happens. Albert finds unlikely allies, new friends, and proves it’s never too late to live, to hope, and to love.
I love you a little bit more than yesterday and a little bit less than tomorrow.
I loved this book, and Albert Entwistle so much. Albert is a character I felt so much for, even though he has many flaws I couldn't help but cheer him on. Although there are some really sad things happening in this story for the most part it is joyful. I loved when Albert came out of his shell and he came out of the closet...yes both are connected. Once he became his most authentic self he became happier and was able to make friends. Sexual orientation isn't the only prejudice dealt with in this story, we also deal with racism and class issues as well. I liked the way the author was sensitive without holding back and Matt Cain writes his characters in such a way that you want to be friends with them, I loved them all. This is one of those books that you want to hug to yourself when you are done, I absolutely loved it...All. The. Stars.
Many thanks to The Toronto Public Library for my copy of the book.