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"What started out 50 years ago as an annual party evolved into a yearly reunion and then a way of life. It’s sort of like a geriatric Big Chill.”

Sam and Sarah are the elderly owners of a farm in central Iowa that turns into a private retirement community when it also becomes home to a disabled friend, a destitute neighbor and her daughter, and an expatriate artist. Togeth
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Paperback, 136 pages
Published April 10th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lois
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy your characters being described in second person, rather than self-revealing, through their own words and deeds, then The Last Best Thing: A Novella might appear, at first glance, to be just the book for you. From the very first page, the reader is introduced to the positives and negatives of the novella’s protagonists by their nearest kith and kin. Largely, however, the negatives are the focus of attention. Firstly, the male head of the household (who is now anything but, having be ...more
Vicki Salloum
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Best Thing is filled with enough wisdom, sensitivity, good will, and wit to shock a reader. It’s consoling to know that elderly friends could live on a “geezer commune” in an isolated area of central Iowa and actually find love and happiness despite congestive heart failure, a temporomandibular disorder, senility, and enough other ailments to fill a bathtub. Extraordinarily, considering a dark turn the story takes, this novella had me smiling—at Betty’s “glazed-carrot orange hair,” Henr ...more
Nate Briggs
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I felt a lot of resonance with this book about elderly people walking “the last mile” in rural Iowa because I am something of an elderly person and my literary roots are also in Flyover Country. The book is sentimental: because people do tend to get sentimental toward the end — and the phrase The Golden Years seems very ironic as you understand the improvisational nature of these lives. How people cope with isolation, sickness, and loss. No one hopes to be old and frail. And few of us do well wh ...more
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Very well-written by Kate Sebeny. This is the tale of the elderly as they live out the "best" years of their lives. It will make you laugh and cry out loud.

“What started out 50 years ago as an annual party evolved into a yearly reunion and then a way of life. It’s sort of like a geriatric Big Chill.”

Sam and Sarah are the elderly owners of a farm in central Iowa that turns into a private retirement community when it also becomes home to a disabled friend, a destitute neighbor and her daughter, an
...more
Lynn Mccarthy
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author to read I enjoyed it good book thanks for letting me have a copy
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Kate Sebeny is the author of the recently published novella The Last Best Thing. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kate earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa and her master’s at Iowa State University. Amongst other things, she’s taught undergraduate writing at two universities, and has been editor of a regional newspaper and at a national magazine. She is the recipient of several grants ...more

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