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They Left Us Everything - Plum Johnson

They Left Us Everything

Author Plum Johnson

  • Published: 2014-03-18
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Stars
From 76 Customers Review
Price: $9.99


Winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize
Winner of the 2016 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ 

After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother—author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. Twenty-three rooms bulge with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum remembers her loving but difficult parents who could not have been more different: the British father, a handsome, disciplined patriarch who nonetheless could not control his opinionated, extroverted Southern-belle wife who loved tennis and gin gimlets. The task consumes her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s and 60s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued.
They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.

Top Customer Reviews

  • They Left Us Everything

    From Dusty willow
    What a delightful read
  • They Left Us Everything

    From pgcampbellriver
    What a wonderful book a must read for adult children of aging parents. Sensitive, funny and thought provoking. Thank you.
  • Other Family

    From AlbertaRose
    Oh Plum, what a tender, loving and honest memoir. I feel almost as though I have been reading about my own extended family. What a great way to spend the weekend, reading this book. Thank you.