The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise
by Colleen Oakley
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 28 Apr 2023
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley
Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live. Preferably one where she can continue sitting around in sweatpants and playing video games nineteen hours a day. Since she has no credit or money to speak of, her options are limited, so when an opportunity to work as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman falls into her lap, she takes it.
One slip on the rug. That’s all it took for Louise Wilt’s daughter to demand that Louise have a full-time nanny living with her. Never mind that she can still walk fine, finish her daily crossword puzzle, and pour the two fingers of vodka she drinks every afternoon. Bottom line: Louise wants a caretaker even less than Tanner wants to be one.
The two start off their living arrangement happily ignoring each other until Tanner starts to notice things—weird things. Like, why does Louise keep her garden shed locked up tighter than a prison? And why is the local news fixated on the suspect of one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history who looks eerily like Louise? And why does Louise suddenly appear in her room, with a packed bag at 1 a.m. insisting that they leave town immediately?
Thus begins the story of a not-to-be-underestimated elderly woman and an aimless young woman who—if they can outrun the mistakes of their past—might just have the greatest adventure of their lives.
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I don’t have enough words to express how much I loved this book! What a fun reading with classic 90’s movie vibes: Thelma& Louise, Driving Miss Daisy, Midnight Run.
The characterization was perfect! The mysterious plot blended in laugh out loud text and interrogation transcripts between Louise’s kids and witty banters between Tanner and Louise! For so long I haven’t laughed so hard! If this book will be adapted into screenplay ( definitely should be) Helen Mirren is my candidate to play Louise!
Let’s take a look at the entertaining plot;
Tanner & Louise are the oldest pair: Tanner: dropped out college girl at the age 21, wearing dirty t-shirts, sweatpants, glued to the couch, playing video games all day.
Louise: eighty four, sharp witted, blunt, stick to 4 o’clock vodka happy hours, finishing her crossword puzzles.
Tanner is sulking, bottling up her anger and frustration after having a unfortunate accident which harms her leg, destroying her dreams to be soccer player and losing her full scholarship.
As an intervention, her parents kick her out of her childhood house, finding her a job and new home: she’s going to take care of Louise who also fractured her hip, needing someone to drive her to several places, running errands.
Tanner slowly adapts in her new life, barely sleeping at restless bed, listening disturbing ticking sound of grandpa clock, serving 4 o’clock vodkas, sniffing abrupt smell of her new landlord, ogling August who stops by to repair Louise’s car!
But she watches the breaking news. They released an aged photo of notorious jewelry thief who is running from the authorities nearly 4 decades ! Why this woman is carbon copy of Louise?
And why she appears in her room in the middle of the night to scream at her pack immediately! She also offers her to pay for driving her to California as the police sirens are blasting out outside!
Tanner has to make choice: she can live her uneventful, boring life: without any hope to go back to college and old life or she can break her rules, driving Louise to her destination, getting paid, living like outlaws for a few days. She can tell the authorities Louise kidnapped her is things got out of control!
Tanner decides to drive Miss Wilt without having any idea what kind of big double she gets herself into.
I adored those characters and this mind blowing, exciting, humorous and also heartfelt road trip story!
This is so far my favorite book of the author! I advise you just read it, read it and read it!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.
I loved this book! The relationship between and Tanner and Louise is sweet, heartfelt and real! This book would be great for a book club group or a book discussion. I highly recommend!
Tanner Quimby cannot be described as having an excess of ambition. She’s looking for a place to live and a job that won’t require her to actually get dressed in real clothes. She finds an opportunity to work as a live in carer for an elderly woman and figures she’s landed on her feet. Unfortunately, Louise did not land on her feet when she slipped on a rug, and now her daughter has insisted that she have a live-in babysitter. These two women soon become unlikely allies when they go on the run after a big jewelry heist. Forget Thelma and Louise,Tanner & Louise are the duo you’re going to root for
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