About The Reinvention of Albert Paugh
Page count: 288 pages
Publisher: Endicott and Hugh Books
Dr. Albert Paugh is flunking retirement. After selling his Vashon Island veterinary practice, he soon finds himself not only lost without his work, but suddenly single. His efforts to carve out a new life, both as a bachelor and a retiree, only leave him feeling like his golden years are fast becoming years of gloom. His regrets pile up until he moves to Baker’s Beach where he gets to know a very special neighbor, learns that friends are the family you choose, and finds a new sense of purpose. The Reinvention of Albert Paugh is a sweet, funny love story about retirees that will delight readers (and dog lovers) of any age.
The Reinvention of Albert Paugh is the third book in Jean Davies Okimoto’s Island Trilogy, following The Love Ceiling and Walter’s Muse.
As a courtesy of the publisher, I received this copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book. This is the third book in an Island Trilogy written by Mrs. Okimoto. This novel can stand alone and is easy to follow without having read the first two. The titles of those books are The Love Ceiling and Walter’s Muse.
Don’t most people look forward to retirement? I mean people work for years saving up for that day when they can punch the timecard for the last time or close the doors on a business. Many retirees have a plan for travel or relaxing or extended visits to the grandchildren. But what happens if you retire and find that you are not enjoying it at all? Or that you are like a ship tossed at sea and can’t figure out what you want to do with your golden years?
Dr. Albert Paugh, age 67, is finding that retirement is not all it is cracked up to be. In fact he feels like that ship floundering at sea. He has been Vashon Island, Washington’s veterinarian for years. Al has a penchant for looking at people and figuring out what kind of dog they look like. He sells his practice and things go downhill from there. He’s jealous and angry at the veterinarian to whom he sold his practice. His wife of many years asks him for a divorce. He has to move because wifey dearest owns their home. He finds a lady, or should I say his trusty pal, Bert, the dog, finds a lady crying behind a log on the beach. He admits to being inept with women, and is he ever. All of the island’s available senior ladies would like to cure him of that problem. Amidst the wreckage of his life, Bert, Al’s Labrador retriever, is his constant companion and confidante. Side by side they traverse the retirement jungle. They do have some interesting adventures or misadventures if you want to call them that.
There are a host of island pets that sound charming. I don’t want to give anything else away so I’ll stop telling the story and let you read it for yourself. It was a bit slow starting out, but it did pick up. Overall, I would give The Reinvention of Albert Paugh 4 stars.
About Jean Davies Okimoto
Jean Davies Okimoto is an author and playwright whose books and short stories have been translated into Japanese, Italian, Chinese, German, Danish, Korean and Hebrew. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Smithsonian Notable Book, the American LibraryAssociation Best Book for Young Adults, the Washington Governor’s Award and the International Reading Association Readers Choice Award. Her picture book, Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat was adapted by Shelly Duvall for the HBO and Showtime television series “Bedtime Stories.” Her debut novel for adults The Love Ceiling was a season’s pick by the King County Library System, named to the ABA Indie Next Reading Group List and ebook Fiction Winner in the 2009 Indie Next Generation Awards. She has appeared on CNN, Oprah, and The Today Show. Jeanie, who is also a retired psychotherapist, began writing for adults when she and her husband Joe retired to Vashon Island in 2004 where they (and their dogs Bert and Willie) are visited by deer families and their six grandchildren.
For more information on Ms. Okimoto, please visit her website at www.jeandaviesokimoto.com.
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