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Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It's why at 73 years old he's broke and alone except for the company of a chihuahua. But when "Carlotta's Club" - three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands - decide to make Norbert their latest project, he reluctantly agrees to their scheme: establishing himself as the town's fortune-teller. Soon his life begins changing in unexpected ways.
It turns out that years of observing other people make Norbert an excellent card reader. As Norbert's lonesome world expands with new friendships and a newfound self-confidence, he finally finds himself in a place where he belongs. But disaster looms on the horizon. When a troubled young woman goes missing after a bad reading, Norbert must find a strength beyond the cards to bring her home safely.
A heartfelt story of coming-of-age late in life, The Reluctant Fortune-Teller is a poignant reminder that we're never too old to learn new tricks.
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By Sue An on 04-25-18
Why did I want this book anyway?
It has such a cute title and premise. I love coming of age stories and stories of our older generation adventures. (OK, I also like zombies and comedy horror) In this story I couldn’t get to know any of the characters, little inner dialogue and a lot of very annoying side characters. A lot of improbable situations (ie: immediately after some major orthopedic surgery, the character needed no recovery time) the biggest improbability was how he got involved in fortune telling to begin with. To sum up, I just thought it was a stupid book, I’d return it, but there is a limit of 2 returns in a 6 month period....darn