The Summer of the Great-grandmother

The Summer of the Great-grandmother

Book - 1995
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This journal offers a loving and poignant portrait of L'Engle's mother in old age that is more about living than dying.
Publisher: New York : HarperSanFrancisco, [1995], c1974
ISBN: 9780062545060
Characteristics: 245 p. : ports. ; 21 cm


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Jul 09, 2016

Memoir of a summer shared by four generations of L'Engle's family at their summer home. When her mother arrives in CT from her home in FL, it's clear that she's much less healthy than the summer before. Quickly the family pulls together 24/7 caregivers. L'Engle mourns the loss of the vibrant woman her mother once was, while sharing her mother's stories with her own toddler grandchildren. She knows they won't remember them all, but wants them to at least have loving memories of the woman she still is. She also brings her mother as much as possible into the busy daily life of the large extended family. A poignant look back at multiple generations of her mother's family through the stories her mother has told her. Beautifully and lovingly written.


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