Todd Johnson. The Sweet By and By. New York: William Morrow, 2009.

Few of us like to think about getting old, so old that we’ll have to move to a facility for the frail and elderly.  But who is there now–either living there or working to make life better for the residents?  This book tells us who’s there.  Todd Johnson gives us the voices of nursing home residents Margaret Clayton and Bernice Stokes. Margaret and Bernice still have a lot of life in them. They break the rules, stirring things up at the home and rattling the staff, but also earning the affection of their nurse Lorraine and Rhonda, a beautician who comes to the facility once a week.  Each woman, along with Lorraine’s daughter April, tells her story in alternating chapters.  Through their stories we see how interesting these “ordinary” women are and what a great balm true friendship can be.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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