Book: The 100 Years of Lenni and Margo
Author: Marianne Cronin
This is my 74th read or the year
This is the story of 17 year old Lenni and 83 year old Margot. They meet under the most dire of circumstances in the hospital. Lenni lives on the Terminal ward and Margot is in the hospital for surgery for her heart that may or may not prolong her life. They meet in an art class and Lenni decides to start an art project with Margot to make 100 pictures to represent their two ages added together. As they draw, Margot tells Lenni the story of her life. As their lives dwindle, the stories of these two fill their days and form a unbreakable bond. With the help of a doting nurse and the hospital's chaplain, the group fills Lenni and Margots last days with an amazing project that help them leave their mark on the world.
This book was wonderful. I don't cry often with books, but there were certain sections of this one that brought me to tears. I wish I could tell you the part that got me the most, but I don't want to give anything away. The story is sweet, the characters witty and fun (especially Father Arthur), and Margot's stories of love, friendship, loss, and hardship brought the story alive. Even though we all know how it will end for Lenni and Margo right from the begining, the plot focuses mostly on the life of these two women outside of the walls of the hospital.
A great lesson about living with the life you are given. Have tissues at the ready!