The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Little does her grandniece Jenny know, but Doris' life has been one of adventure and some excitement. After Doris falls and is hospitalized, Jenny begins reading about the red address book, filled with the names of people Doris knew, worked for or loved, and their history. The conceit of tying the story in to those entries (all of whom, but one, are marked "dead") doesn't quite work as the story is told in chronological order. Beyond that, this is a well-told story with many vivid characters and may lead readers to wonder about their older, seemingly boring relatives and the lives they've led.
ARC provided by publisher.