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The Summer of the Great-Grandmother
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother | Madeleine L'Engle
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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.
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BarbaraJean
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This was a lovely meditation on memory, aging, and grief. My April #BookSpin pick, it was timely as my mom passed away at the beginning of April. I found so much that was relatable as L‘Engle reflected on her mother‘s decline and eventual passing. The family memories she narrates are lovely—some sweet, some impressive, and some hilarious—something I found true of my own mother as family & friends shared memories of her over the past couple months.

tpixie So sorry for your loss. 🌺💝 1mo
BarbaraJean @tpixie Thank you, Teri! 💜 1mo
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“One morning at breakfast Ida and Edna had a quarrel [that]…grew so heated that Ida threw a glass of water across the table at Edna. Edna rose, dripping, stalked into the music room, sat down at the piano and played and sang, loudly and nasally, “_Jesus_ loves me, this I know…”
This scene delights me so much that I‘ve put versions of it into almost every book I‘ve written, and have had, with reluctance, to delete it.”

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BarbaraJean
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“But God, if he is God, if he is worth believing in, is a loving God who will not abandon or forget the smallest atom of his creation. And that includes… everybody, everybody without exception.”

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“I‘m much more use to family and friends when I‘m not physically and spiritually depleted than when I spend my energies as though they were unlimited. They are not. The time at the typewriter and the time at the brook refresh me and put me into a much more workable perspective.”

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BarbaraJean
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Sometimes unintentional trends emerge in my reading. In February, I read Crying in H Mart (a #NewYearWhoDis pick) and Kitchen, both focused on the loss of a mother. In early March, I read Wintering (my January #BookSpin and a #NYWD pick), on weathering times of difficulty & grief. In late March, my mother was placed on hospice, and she passed away two weeks ago. This trio of timely books so recently read has been an odd preparation & a comfort.⤵️

tpixie I‘m so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. May your memories lift your heavy heart. 2mo
BarbaraJean (Cont‘d) The tagged book came up as my April #BookSpin… reading the description today, I‘m not sure if it‘s a timely read or if it‘s too soon. But I‘m picking it up today as I suspect it may be a comforting addition to the trio of books I read leading up to April. It‘s a blessing when the right books show up at the right time. 💜 2mo
BarbaraJean @tpixie Thank you so much, Teri! 💜 2mo
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tpixie @BarbaraJean you‘re welcome. And what a gift of coinkydinks these books have brought you! 2mo
DivineDiana I am sending you my condolences on the passing of your mother. I am glad that the power of books has given you some comfort. ❤️🙏🏻💐 2mo
CBee Sending condolences and love - I understand all too well 💔 2mo
Susanita I‘m so sorry. 😢 2mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 2mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your mother. I‘m glad books have given you some comfort at this difficult time. 2mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. ❤️❤️ 2mo
EvieBee I‘m so sorry, Barb. 2mo
BarbaraJean @DivineDiana @Susanita @Librarybelle @xicanti @JessClark78 @Ruthiella @EvieBee Thank you all so much for your kind words! 💜 @CBee Hugs to you! 🤗 2mo
quietjenn I‘m sorry for your loss. Sending love and thank goodness for the books that come along right when you need them. 💙 2mo
CBee @BarbaraJean lots of hugs back ♥️♥️ 2mo
MaureenMc So very sorry for your loss. 💗 2mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry 💔❤️ 2mo
Centique I am late to this news but feel so much for you and what you have been through. It is so hard losing a parent. I hope you feel loved and supported through this grieving time 💕 2mo
BarbaraJean @Centique Thank you so much! There are so many who have been a support during this time—and I appreciate your kind thoughts and words.💜 2mo
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