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The Sweet By and By by Todd  Johnson
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Feb 24, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

This is a story of 5 women, two of them are elderly women in a nursing home (not far from the Raleigh area, actually); the other three are basically "caretakers". Question is who is taking care of whom? Truth is, in the act of caring for someone, we receive so much more than we give. This is a gentle, poignant story, but not a kind of tear your heart out gut wrencher, which it just skirts the edges of. These are all strong women, in their individual ways, who help one another and enrichen each others' lives. After being with my own parents in their last years, I felt that this writer really nailed some of those moments that we shared, moments which seem so hard at that time, yet are the basis for the sweetness of the memories.

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