If you loved A Man Called Ove, then prepare to be delighted as Jamaican immigrant Hubert rediscovers the world he’d turned his back on, in a novel that is “warm, funny, and gives you all the feels” (Good Housekeeping).
In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship, and fulfillment. But it’s a lie. In reality, Hubert’s days are all the same, dragging on without him seeing a single soul.
Until he receives some good news — good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on. The news that his daughter is coming for a visit.
Now Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out.
Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship, and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all . . .
Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows, will he ever get to live the life he’s pretended to have for so long?
All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle is a stunning read. It takes me straight into the character’s life. Hubert’s life is full of lies, missed chances, and lost connections. He really has not been living life at all. Until his daughter says she is coming home, he has let life slip on by him. I enjoyed the fictional world and taking in the culture. Hubert is a wonderful character. He has a great heart, is determined to find and prove himself. In the process, he finds that is so much more to life than what he thought. I loved the characters both big and small. The scenes were sad, funny, and entertaining. The dialect was great. It did not hinder the reading flow at all. It only enhanced the book more. All of us can learn something from this beautifully written novel.