FICTION

Inheriting Edith

Morrow. Nov. 2016. 290p. ISBN 9780062378743. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062378750. F
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Odder things are likely to happen, but inheriting a house in Sag Harbor, NY, is probably close to the top of the list, at least to house cleaner Maggie Sheets. She knew author Liza Brennan, but the two hadn't been in touch for years, and now Liza is dead, having committed suicide. The gift comes with strings—or, rather, one big string: Liza's 82-year-old mother, Edith, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, lives there, too. A single mom with a toddler daughter, Maggie wouldn't have to work anymore, though housecleaning is how she met her benefactor in the first place. Yet Liza's death hangs over the residence, and the past doesn't offer much solace—or many answers. This quirky tale from Fishman (Driving Lessons) drops readers into the middle of a most unconventional situation and lets them flounder along with the characters, who are by turns outspoken, impatient, grumpy, and thoroughly at a loss. Maggie and Edith discover a shared bond and decide, perhaps grudgingly, that it's never too late to fix one's mistakes.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of domestic fiction with a twist.

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