Title: Still Life with Monkey
Authors: Weber, Katharine
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 286
Year: 2018
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Language: English
Description: Everyone needs a helping hand at some stage in their life, but how would it be if that hand was simian? That is the dilemma confronting architect Duncan Wheeler who has been severely paralysed in a car accident. Enter stage right - Ottoline, a capuchin monkey trained as a service animal, and a startling addition to a household reeling from the grief of curtailed dreams and adjusting to the challenges of a new future. But will this be enough for Duncan?

From its finely drawn characters to its examination of what makes life worth living, this is an engaging and uplifting read.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Medical/Health, Relationships, Tragedy/disaster, America, 2021 Titles


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By: DUNED 004 2021-07-19 14:30:41
Beautifully written. Ending disappointing.

By: TEKAPO 001 2021-07-09 14:00:23
In our group you either enjoyed it or you didn't. The story got a little lost in the middle, then suddenly it was the end. Some did not like the suicide topic as too close to home. But great descriptions.

By: WELL 018 2021-06-09 14:55:22
People felt this book had been written in themes, each of which were not fully developed. Some found the couple unlikeable, influencing their overall enjoyment of the book. Some enjoyed the architectural detail ( two architects in our group).

By: WHAKA 019 2021-05-03 10:46:58
Most found this an interesting book to read. Had a good discussion from the questions.

By: AUCK 271 2021-04-16 13:32:59
We all enjoyed reading this book, and it promoted much discussion around being wheelchair bound, suicide and euthanasia.

By: CHCH 357 2021-03-12 11:09:23
While several of our group did not finish the book, our subsequent discussion was one of the liveliest I can recall, from end-of-life conversations we have had with our partners to the ethical treatment of animals in human service and the inequalities in our health system. Would a less well-off individual be given Ottoline? The style of writing put a few of our group off, especially the first few paragraphs, but it did gather momentum and was engaging for those who completed the book. Enough was left unsaid about the relationships between characters to make us curious.

By: CHCH 317 2020-11-19 13:24:53
This book was generally enjoyed. While it started off a little disjointed, the reader became more engaged as the story and the characters developed. The experiences as a paraplegic were disclosed, and for some of our group it became quite an emotional story.

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