They May Not Mean To, but They Do

They May Not Mean To, but They Do

Large Print - 2016
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Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. When Joy's husband Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days.
With sympathy, humor, and truth, Cathleen Schine explores the intrusion of old age into a large and loving family. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a tender, sometimes hilarious, and radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, Gale Cengage Learning,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410490902
Characteristics: large print,rda
435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jul 19, 2016

Interesting exploration on intergenerational family togetherness - for a rare occasion, from the point of view of the oldest generation. We have so many stories from the young person's or the sandwich generation's point of view, but instances of grief and loss of autonomy are discussed in first person by the woman going through the process. Lots of humour throughout. Cover doesn't match the theme of the book at all - it's the middle-age grown up children who mean well, but still create messes, not the youngest children in this story.


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