Let's get right to it: We highly recommend Canadian author Emma Hooper's beautiful debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James.
You'll meet the titular Etta Kinnick, who wakes up one morning and decides to journey 2,000 miles from her Saskatchewan farm to see the ocean--by foot.
Long, meaningful odyssey, yada yada yada...right? Wrong. The catch is that Etta is 83 years old and of failing memory.
What ensues is a cross-generational, deeply moving and fairy-tale-esque story about responsibility, memory and love, as told through the lives of Etta; her husband, Otto; their best friend, Russell; and James, a talking coyote.
Reminiscent of the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Hooper's words leap off the page, where they can be interpreted no fewer than a hundred different ways (making for some spirited office debate).
A book that's quick to read but not to forget, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is poignant and lovely and more than deserving of a spot on your nightstand.