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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Cowen Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Elizabeth, a member of the sandwich generation, people caught in the middle of simultaneously caring for their children and for their aging parents, is the mother of Ava and the daughter of Daddy, and responsible for both. Hers is the story of a woman's struggle to keep her family whole, to raise her child in a house of laughter and love, and to keep her father from hiding the house keys in his slippers.

In this story full of everyday triumphs, first steps, and elderly confusion, Ava, a baby, finds each new picture, each new word, each new song something to learn greedily, joyfully. Daddy is a man in his twilight years for whom time moves slowly and lessons are not learned but quietly, frustratingly forgotten. Elizabeth, a suddenly single mother with a career and a mortgage and a hamper of laundry, finds her world spiraling out of control yet full of beauty. Faced with mounting disasters, she chooses to confront life head on.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tara | 1/12/2014

    " This book gives an idea of some of the struggles of a woman trying to take care of her young child & father with alzheimers disease. I liked it because it shared her raw experiences and how hard it is to deal with your own life while trying to take care of both a child and an aging parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keely Patterson | 12/21/2013

    " This book shows a beautiful picture of the different stages of life. I borrowed it from a friend. She said, "You can borrow it, but it's not my favorite. I read it for a class in college and it's sort of sad." Well, I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. Some parts of it are sad, but such is life. You can learn lessons about life, love, loss, and many things in between from this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 12/18/2013

    " I pulled this from the library because I thought it sounded interesting and it had gotten a good NY Times review... I was then surprised to see that the author was (at the time of writing) a journalist at the local paper near where I grew up. It's a well-written, honest look about being a single mother and taking care of her father who has Alzheimer's disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sophfronia Scott | 12/12/2013

    " Elizabeth Cohen's writing is beautiful and poetic as she recounts the draining time she spent alone caring for her Alzheimer's-stricken father and her baby daughter. Her story is powerful and sure to connect with anyone who has had the difficult task of being in charge of a loved one who doesn't always know who you are. "

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