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Inheriting Edith

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  7,628 ratings  ·  805 reviews
A poignant breakout novel, for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand, about a single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveatshe must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it.

For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Kasa Cotugno
This book is predictable with stock characters, or it may be just that I've read too many of its sort to be blown away. The framework, outlined in the description and cover notes, presents Maggie, a single mother of a toddler who cleans Manhattan apartments for a living, who is bequeathed a dream house in Sag Harbor by Liza, a former client. The caveat is that Liza's mother is part of the deal, an 82 year old woman who is increasingly becoming afflicted with alzheimer's disease. Anyone who has ...more
Judy D Collins
Love, love this book! Cassandra Campbell, the narrator of audiobook gave an award-winning performance. Review to follow!

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Inheriting Edith

I was snagged right away in this book . . . .the odd juxtaposition of Maggie and Lucy to Edith, and then the story of Liza and how all of their lives had been shaken into the genie bottle of the Sag Harbor house was interesting to me right off the bat. AND having close friends who have had to live with Alzheimer-type loved ones, my sympathies ran deep for all of them. Romance raised its flag is exactly the type of way I find bearable, so it wasnt a distraction at all. I even
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Jayme
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing lacks continuity, skipping ahead in time when convenient, but the story is touching, nonetheless.
Mayda
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relationships
Maggie inherits a house from a former friend, but it comes with a price: she must also take care of her friends elderly mother who is in the early stages of Alzheimers. So Maggie finds herself caring for her own rambunctious two-year-old and a cantankerous eighty-two year old, a virtual stranger. The author does a very good job of bringing these characters to life as they deal with numerous problems. The everyday stress of being a single mom is compounded by the stress of health issues of the ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Inheriting Edith is one of those books that would make a great movie. The characters are so vivid that you can hear their voices, and the mishmash of lives and histories and personalities into a haphazard (and endearing) family of sorts is both heartwarming and amusing in turns.

Esther is by far my favorite character what a hoot Ediths friend is! Maybe shes a bit of a cliche I dont know and I dont really care because she is so much fun to read. Not only fun, but shes got a big heart and its
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Kristi
Interesting characters and I like the premise of characters working through issues like Alzheimer's, but I didn't feel that ending brought me anywhere. I felt as though it just sort of ended, albeit in a more settled place in the story.

I'm hoping the discussion for book club will improve my perspective on this book.
Sarah
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Entertaining, fairly shallow story; I really liked Edith and Esther, the 80-something pair of friends. I found Lucy's (2 year old) dialogue to be out of alignment with how my toddler girls spoke at that age. After the first couple of instances, it really seemed unrealistic.

One other annoyance relating to Lucy was how her mom, Maggie, would give lip service to making good parenting decisions and then completely cave - for example: give in the buy the toy to quiet Lucy rather than allowing her to
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Carolyn
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
could not finish. too much dialogue in baby talk, super annoying
Janice
This book as an easy and fast read, 3.5 stars rounded up to 4, for me.
Maggie is a college educated housekeeper; she has found it more lucrative, and less stressful, to make her living cleaning the homes of wealthy clients, rather than work at a white collar job in an office. When a wealthy client dies and leaves Maggie her beach side home, Maggie, a single parent, and her toddler daughter move into that home. But with the home comes a big responsibility, and not just those of a home owner.
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DJ Sakata
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was hard, this aging thing, especially since her body had once been as limber as a rubber band. She had been a dancer, when she was young; her body her instrument. Now it felt like an old car, with a faulty transmission.

Maggie's mother had been depressed; Maggie knew the drill. She, too, would disappear into the depths of her bed for a week or two, leaving her and her father to fend for themselves. 'Don't worry about your mother, she's on her period,' her father used to offer
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Vickie
I just finished Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman and I absolutely loved it!! Maggie and her two-year-old daughter Lucy are bequeathed a house on Sag Harbor with one huge caveat: Edith, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's comes with the home. Edith is an 82-year-old woman whose daughter, Liza, committed suicide. Liza and Maggie had been friends. This is just a beautiful story of multi-generational women all striving to make the best of their lives and the situations that have been granted to ...more
Sandra
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when your looking for a book to read, one will just jump out at you, and you read a little about it and it grabs you instantly. This is the one my eyes focused on, and I could not put it down.
A lovely story of a single mom with a young daughter, who inherits a beach house, along with the benefactor's Mother, who is in the beginnings of Alzheimer's. Its a story of loss, secrets, and letting go of things and learning about life in general. I loved this book and everything about it.

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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
Inheriting Edith is an endearing novel about the true meaning of family and friendship and the exploration of the freedom in forgiveness. Maggie and Edith are both well-drawn characters with quirks and deeper motivations that come out when they dare to be vulnerable. The good and bad points of the characters make them seem like real, relatable people. The ending is not completely satisfying, and some readers might not care for its open-ended concept. Overall, it is a tale steeped in
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Elizabeth
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaism
This was an interesting book with vivid characters. The chapters are told in alternating perspectives from Maggie and Edith, two women whose lives are turned upside down by Liza's suicide. As they learn to trust each other, secrets are revealed and friendships forged. I kept turning pages until the end, and I certainly enjoyed the journey. I liked the in-depth look at the different charactersthey feel nuanced and very real. I also like this book's approach to mental illness and Alzheimer's ...more
Kristy
Maggie falls into a job housecleaning as a way to pay the bills. A college graduate, her work at a publishing firm barely lets her eke by. But she finds comfort in cleaning, even if it might not be the most glamorous trade in the world. Still, as a single mom, she's not exactly wealthy. So when a former employer and friend, Liza, passes away and leaves Maggie a home in a beach town, Sag Harbor, she's amazed. The only catch? Maggie must stay in the house with Liza's elderly mother, Edith, who is ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Inheriting Edith is Zoe Fishman's latest book.

Maggie is a single mom who has been working as a house cleaner. One of her clients is a well known author, who treats her well. But when Liza kills herself, Maggie is stunned to find out that she has been left a house in Sag Harbor - complete with the author's eighty year old mother Edith - who has Alzheimer's.

This reader was immediately engaged with Fishman's characters. I think each reader will have a favorite character, based on their stage of
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Mahoghani 23
A poignant story that gives you insights into both of the main characters emotions, feelings, beliefs, and thoughts. The storyline is funny and riveting. It takes you deep into the heart of the the emotion the author is portraying. The enjoyment and laughter I got from this book makes me want to read it again.

The descriptions are on point. The characters are open, emotional, and aware of what's going on in their lives. It deals with changes and taking chances in life that will lead you on your
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Tari Lawson
It took a bit for me to get into this book. I really didn't connect with Maggie until she went to live with Edith. Maggie as a character felt pretty flat to me as did her daughter Lucy. I did like Edith and her friend Esther (who I would say was my personal favorite).

As a story, it had potential but just didn't quite get there. Just when the relationship starts to blossom between Maggie and Edith, the story ends, leaving me feeling unfulfilled. Both Maggie and Edith have pasts that they have
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Ellen
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A wonderful story, starting with a tragedy but handled with grace. Two women learn about each other leading to understanding their lives. Maggie cleans houses, and we learn why a college grad ends up with this job. Liza, a famous author, leaves Maggie her Sag Harbor house with the caveat she cares for Edith, her elderly mom with early stage Alzheimer's. A unique and heartwarming story.
Char Ipacs
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rit-book-club
what an easy read and a story line that many can relate to in one way or another. I really liked the characters. I felt like I was part of the events in many of the chapters. I was so into the storyline that I was confused with the "abrupt" ending. I felt it was missing something. This was a book club read with many points of discussion
JoAnn
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
A quick read, engaging story, and probably the most unusual premise I've come across. Book clubs ought to have a field day with this one!
Usmishka83
I actually think it is a 2,5 book.
Jessica Rushing
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 out of 5 stars.
A beautiful, heartbreaking, and at time funny story about Maggie - a 37-year old mother who cleans houses of upscale New Yorkers for a living. Years before, Maggie had befriended a writer for whom she cleaned house. Now, that writer has died and left her a house in beautiful Sag Harbor...along with the writer's mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

As Maggie and her two-year old daughter, Lucy, settle in to a new life and try to appease a cranky Edith, Maggie
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Lorrie Collins
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy reading story of relationships. The story itself I would give 3 stars. The characters and the way they are brought to life made this a 4 Star book for me. I felt like I knew all of the characters. So much so that when we are finally introduced to Maggies ex and Lucys father Lyle I thought, what the heck was Maggie thinking staying with him all those years. Now that I know the characters I would love to see the author write a book about Maggies life leading up to her inheriting ...more
Jill
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maggie is a single mother who cleans houses. She became friends with Liza, a client. Liza committed suicide and left her home in the Hamptons to Maggie, with the stipulation that Lizas 82-year-old mother, Edith live there with her. Edith has Alzheimers. Maggie helps Edith write the story of her life and secrets are revealed. Maggie looks into her own past and sorts out her life.

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Kristin
Imagine being a single mom with a two-year-old and finding you have inherited a house from a friend you broke ties with years ago. What's the catch? The house comes with the grumpy 83-year-old mother of the estranged friend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, take it or leave it. Maggie decides to take it since she is ambivilent about her life right now, and having a house rent-free with money to live on seems like an answer to her.

At first Maggie and Edith, her 83-year-old responsibility
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Melissa
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raw topics, excellently handled

I can't usually read Alzheimer's related books because my Mum had dementia caused by strokes in her brain. But this story was handled and described in such a wonderfully truthful and kind way that it didn't get too much to read. The other issues were written with just as much grace.
Kathy Sebesta
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not great literature but it is a great, albeit terribly unlikely, story. Liza-the-author commits suicide and leaves her money and Sag Harbor home to Maggie-her-cleaning-lady with one condition: Maggie and her daughter will care for Edith-mother-with-Alzheimer's. There's a lot of emotion packed into this small novel, a lot of self-examination and growth. I see other reviewers didn't think as much of it but it spoke to me and I'm the one recommending it.
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