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From one of America’s greatest comic novelists comes a hilarious new novel about aging, family, loneliness, and love.

The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don’t just grow, they grow old, and the clan’s matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished. When Joy’s beloved husband dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days. And they didn’t count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids.

The New York Times–bestselling author Cathleen Schine has been called “full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to [Jane] Austen’s own” (New York Review of Books), and she is at her best in this intensely human, profound, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family. They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A very funny novel…Schine reminds us that a family is as united by its trials as by its triumphs.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] hugely satisfying novel.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “A seamless blend of humor and heartbreak.”

    Miami Herald

  • “This is one of those laugh-out-loud-on-the-subway novels, but it also manages to be sad and authentic…A story that is tender, wise, hilarious, and painful. Give this book to your siblings and your parents: everyone will find a passage to love.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Schine’s painfully beautiful depiction of a woman’s heroism in the face of that abyss offers, like the best literature, a reminder of the tender, frightening vulnerability we all share.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Schine brings humor and warm insight to her group portrait of the Bergman clan, particularly its feisty eighty-six-year-old matriarch…With its wise perspectives on aging and family dynamics, this is a story to savor.”


  • “Joy’s doggedness when it comes to taking care of herself is recognizable and understandable, showcasing Schine’s intuitive empathy, and any adult with an aged parent will recognize her children’s well-meaning concern.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Replete with aging parents, grandchildren growing up faster than one would like, and adult children wanting to take charge but being stifled by their mother’s stubbornness, this could be any reader’s clan…Schine’s ability to shift seamlessly from one person’s point of view to another’s adds depth and richness.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is a great story, beautifully narrated by Cynthia Darlow. She portrays each of the characters so well that listeners will feel like part of the family.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for February 2016
  • A BookPage Top Pick for June 2016
  • A Los Angeles Times Pick of Best Audiobooks of 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016
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