The Summer of the Great-grandmother

The Summer of the Great-grandmother

eBook - 2016
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A poignant meditation on the bonds between mothers and daughters--and the inescapable effects of time--from the author of A Wrinkle in Time. In the second memoir of her Crosswicks Journals, Madeleine L'Engle chronicles a season of extremes. Four generations of family have gathered at Crosswicks, her Connecticut farmhouse, to care for L'Engle's ninety-year-old mother. As summer days fade to sleepless nights, her mother's health rapidly declines and her once astute mind slips into senility. With poignant honesty, L'Engle describes the gifts and graces, as well as the painful emotional cost, of caring for the one who once cared for you. As she spends her days with a mother who barely resembles the competent and vigorous woman who bore and raised her, L'Engle delves into her memories, reflecting on the lives of the strong women in her family's history. Evoking both personal experiences and universal themes, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother takes an unflinching look at diminishment and death, all the while celebrating the wonder of life. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L'Engle including rare images from the author's estate.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504041263
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (245 pages).

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DorisWaggoner
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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