On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old

Category: Book
By (author): Groen, Hendrik
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Humorous / General
  FICTION / Literary
  HUMOR / Topic / Relationships
  LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 8.62in x 5.87in x 1.37in
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$ 35.50
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From The Publisher*"THE MALE ELENA FERRANTE" -- New York Post
In the acclaimed follow-up to the #1 international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, everyone's favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventures of the Old-But-Not-Dead Club -- for fans of Frederik Backman and Graeme Simsion.
Everyone's favorite octogenarian is back and, together with his pals in the Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he is more determined than ever to wreak havoc and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life.
After a year spent mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, Hendrik may be older and a little more wobbly, but his youthful appetite for mischief hasn't diminished. When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, it's up to Hendrik and the Old-But-Not-Dead Club to intervene.
Review Quote*"You might say he's the Elena Ferrante of the octogenarian set - though whether or not he is actually an octogenarian (or a man) is also anyone's guess...It's an appealing novel with a lot of heart, reminding readers young and old that fun is to be found even in the routine of everyday life. And of course, the possibility that it's more memoir than fiction is delightful."
-New York Post
Review Quote*"Humorous...A realistic and perceptive glimpse into the aging process, shaped by empathy, optimism, and vibrant wit."-Booklist
Review Quote*"I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more."

-David Suchet
Review Quote*p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 16.0px Times; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "Highly entertaining...Wise and witty, his musings are thought-provoking and relevant to everyone regardless of age, and his delightful and charming personality will win over readers everywhere....ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the diary of an extraordinary man who lives an ordinary life. He makes an impact on almost everyone he meets, and seeks to understand the crazy world in which he resides. His clever commentary and madcap adventures will leave a long-term impression ... Hendrik Groen is an unforgettable and absolutely spectacular character who readers will wish they could befriend."- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 16.0px Times; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Book Reporter
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"Amusing [and] wickedly accurate...Reading The Secret Diary, I was constantly put in mind of Ken Kesey's madhouse tale One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, another comi-tragedy concerning the tyranny of institutions of the unwanted. Enjoy Groen's light touch but do not be fooled by it....The Secret Diary is a handbook of resistance for our time."
-The Express (UK)
Review Quote*"Funny and frank - a story with a great deal of heart."
-Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
Review Quote*"A story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen."-John Boyne, internationally bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Review Quote*"Funny, tragic, and sometimes heart-rending."-Het Parool (Holland)
Review Quote*"Hendrik Groen is king. My mother, 78, suffers from dementia. Doesn't read a newspaper or magazine anymore, only old photo albums can grab her attention for longer than 5 minutes. Hendrik made her laugh out loud and she was reading for a good half hour."-Ray Kluun, author of Love Life