Sunset Manor


180 pages
ISBN 0-7704-2416-3
DDC C813'.54





Reviewed by Susanne Day

Susanne Day is a retired education specialist with physically disabled,
blind, and speech-impaired children.


This well-written novel will provide food for thought to anyone
considering entering or settling a loved one in a facility like Sunset
Manor. Kay Ormsby, the central character, is a feisty lady who, we feel,
will not be overwhelmed by either the manager, Mrs. Rawlings, or the
collection of characters with whom she will live out her days. The
portraits Wright draws of the senior citizens are far from
complimentary. While one does meet such people both in and out of
seniors’ housing, Sunset Manor seems to have more than its share. Was
there not one resident who might have become a friend to Kay? Were none
of the families visiting the various residents doing so out of love
rather than as a burdensome duty? Some seniors do love life and live it
just as they have done all their lives, without stooping to playing
tricks on their neighbors, complaining incessantly, or becoming obsessed
by sexual fantasies. It is hoped that this black comedy will be read as
such and not as a factual depiction of life in seniors’ residences.


Wright, Richard B., “Sunset Manor,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 22, 2024,