They May Not Mean To, But They Do

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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From one of America's greatest comic novelists, a hilarious new novel about aging, family, loneliness, and loveThe Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old, and the clan's matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished. When Joy's beloved husband 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. And they didn't count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids.The New York Times–bestselling author Cathleen Schine has been called "full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to [ Jane] Austen's own" (The New York Review of Books), and she is at her best in this intensely human, profound, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 482 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780374712204


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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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