Inheriting Edith

Inheriting Edith 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 caveat she must take care of the ornery elderly woman

  • Title: Inheriting Edith
  • Author: Zoe Fishman
  • ISBN: 9780062378750
  • Page: 175
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 caveat she 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 sheA poignant breakout novel, for fans of J Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand, about a single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat she 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 can to keep her head above water as a single mother Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance A house in Sag Harbor The catch It comes with an inhabitant The deceased s eighty two year old mother Edith.Edith has Alzheimer s or so the doctors tell her but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake And now Liza s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left like a chaise or strand of pearls to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.

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    1. Love, love this book! Cassandra Campbell, the narrator of audiobook gave an award-winning performance. Review to follow!Top Books of 2016!

    2. 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 r [...]

    3. 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 Edith’s friend is! Maybe she’s a bit of a cliche – I don’t know and I don’t really care because she is so much fun to read. Not only fun, but she’s [...]

    4. 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.From [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. I just finished reading Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman and all I can say is I was so not expecting that! I was attracted to the simple-pretty cover and while the premise seemed interesting, I’m not usually a modern-day story girl. Zoe’s book tells the story of 35-year-old housekeeper and single mother Maggie. Maggie is housekeeper struggling to provide a decent life for her two-year-old daughter in NYC when she finds out that one of her best clients has died and left her a house in Sag Harb [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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. Magg [...]

    9. Favorite Quotes: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 [...]

    10. rtbookreviews/book-re3.5 starsInheriting 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 [...]

    11. 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.

    12. 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!

    13. The subject matter of this book and the storyline caught my attention. Overall, I think that the idea was pretty good but I think maybe the book could have developed the characters a little bit more. The author did succeed in making the main characters likable, however. Also, some parts of the book felt rushed and at times it was confusing because of the jump from one idea to another. I'd be open to reading a sequel however to find out how different aspects of the characters' lives play out. I'd [...]

    14. 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 fell 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 be [...]

    15. This is what I would consider a simpler perspective (more typical) on Alzheimer's. It is not an easy topic to discuss, but it is often easier to accept if the afflicted individual is older. Unlike the afflicted main character in Still Alice, which I read recently. Losing our memories is often synonymous with age and the diseases that arise later in life. This book offered a silver-lining to several lives-both young and old. Edith's new 30 something roommate is able to assist her with journaling [...]

    16. I liked the complexity of these characters. I thought they were believable and their struggles were real. I was surprised by the ending though.

    17. Zoe Fishman's novel, Inheriting Edith, could have been a depressing novel about a single mom, a woman with Alzheimer's and a suicide. Instead, it's a novel with heart and love, and a story of two people growing to understand each other, with a little push from a friend.Maggie Sheen has a college degree, but discovered she could make better money cleaning houses for wealthy clients than she could working in an office. But, she struggles as any single mother would with childcare for her toddler, L [...]

    18. Maggie is a professional house cleaner with a degree in English. She’s had other jobs, but she prefers cleaning in Manhattan- it pays a lot better, it gives her time to think, and she has been a compulsive cleaner since she was a child. She is the single mother of a precocious two year old, and has just gotten the surprise of her life: she’s inherited the Sag Harbor beach house and money of a friend and former client that she has been estranged from for years. Along with the house comes Edit [...]

    19. Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a [...]

    20. Felt like reading a Nicholas Sparks/Danielle Steele mash-up of a novel. Found myself being annoyed at certain details or aspects not being relayed back to the reader (i.e. the email from Arthur, why not just show the reader the email as was done with the outgoing email to Arthur?) or even how some of the characters seemed to just show up and not really develop anymore. Leaving me with more questions than anything else (and knowing that I wasn't going to get the answers). I will admit, there were [...]

    21. Who would pass up a chance to get out of a minimum wage job as a housekeeper and live in Sag Harbor with your toddler daughter? This is what Maggie thought after her former employer left her the house in her will. It comes with a catch though and that is Maggie must care for Liza's elderly mother who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Maggie goes for it and braves Edith's frosty welcome. It is a journey of self-discovery for both of them as they learn more about each other and their tenta [...]

    22. It was a nice book; however, a lot of authors feel the need to throw in snarky comments about republicans. Apparently, they think we care about their political leanings. I would remind these authors that a lot of their audience are republicans who are spending their hard earned money for their book. Like me. And I resent being referred to as idiotic. So I say again, your book was cute, but not great, and if I were you, I'd just shut up and write.

    23. This is one of what I call "found family" stories. While I found some elements of the story problematic, I enjoyed the characters and the story. I felt that the language and reasoning of the child in the story was a bit off and inconsistent, but that is not a huge drawback in the overall story. I also thought that Edith gave in very quickly after initially seeming strong and ready to fight. Overall I enjoyed the story and look forward to more from this writer.

    24. This is what I call a "palate cleanser" book - one I pick up in between more "robust" books. It was a nice little story, rather predictable. The insight into the onset of Alzheimers was very well done.

    25. Such a bittersweet story of life and its many layers. Maggie and Edith are at very different stages of life and yet each becomes a kind of savior for the other. Great story.

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