The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot opening lines: When people say ‘terminal’, I think of the airport. I picture a wide check-in area with a high ceiling and glass walls, the staff in matching uniforms waiting to take my name and flight information, waiting to ask me if I packed my bags myself, if I’m travelling alone.
Lenni is dying but she does not want anyone to feel sorry for her. She also wants to live her life. Which is not that easy when you are stuck in a hospital. She meets Margot and together, they can get to 100 years of living. And that is all Lenni is aiming for.
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
Life is short. No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on the terminal ward. But as she is about to learn, it’s not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.As their extraordinary friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.
A delightful book about friendship, and living. If you want something to lift your spirits then this is the book for you. I know that sounds strange when it is about death as well, but it really is about loving life.
Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.