From Elaine Pasquali
Author: Penelope Lovely
Ms. Lovely looks back on her eighty years and at the phenomenon of old age. Ms. Lovely spent her early childhood in Cairo. Because of the impact of the war on North Africa, she attended boarding school in England. She spent most of her adult life in the UK. Her vantage point is set into this sociohistorical context, which should have enhanced the book. Instead, I found it a distraction. Ms Lovely digressed so much into context that her memoir became an aside. Rarely do I not finish a book, but midway through this one I lost interest .