What if you closed your eyes, blew out the
candles, and your wish came true?
Ellie Jerome is a young-at-heart seventy-five-year-old who
feels she has more in common with her twenty-nine-year-old granddaughter, Lucy,
than her fifty-five-year-old daughter, Barbara. Ellie’s done everything she can
to stay young, and the last thing she wants is to celebrate another birthday.
So when she finds herself confronted with a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes
more than anything that she could be twenty-nine again, just for one day. But
who expects a wish like that to come true?
29 is the story of three generations of women and how
one magical day shakes up everything they know about each other. While Ellie finds
that the life of a twentysomething is not as carefree as she expected, the
sheer joy of being young again prompts her to consider living her life all
over. Does she dare stay young for more than this day, even if it means leaving
everyone she loves behind?
Fresh, funny, and delightful, 29 is an enchanting
adventure about families, love, and the real lessons of youth.
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“The proverbial search for youth’s fountain manifests itself in Ellie Jerome, a seventy-five-year-old woman who has employed every available artifice to remain young. Identifying more with her stylish young granddaughter, Lucy, than with her abrasive middle-aged daughter, Barbara, Ellie’s seventy-fifth birthday wish is to be twenty-nine again, for just one day…With this rollicking, if familiar, offering, Halpern (whose earlier novel, The Ten Best Days of My Life, is being adapted into a film) sets out to prove that you’re only young twice.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)