Inheriting Edith: Reviews

Beautifully written and emotionally satisfying, this character-driven story carries you along like a familiar-yet-surprisingly fresh melody. I love Fishman’s crisp, accessible style and the way she makes her prose dance on the page. An honest, generous account of life in all its stages, this is a book that’s well worth reading. – Dish Magazine

American Booksellers Association  Indie Next Pick November 2016: “It’s a familiar cast of characters: a single mom raising a spunky kid; an older woman descending into Alzheimer’s; the inhabitants of a small town; a nice eligible man. And then comes the twist: the single mom and the older woman aren’t related by blood, but connected through the older woman’s now deceased daughter. With humor and heart, long-held secrets come to light and special bonds are formed. Inheriting Edith is both entertaining and poignant.” —Jenny Stroyeck, The Homer Bookstore, Homer, AK

When housekeeper and single mother Maggie Sheets inherits a house in present day Sag Harbor, N.Y., from her former friend Liza, a famous author, she must decide whether moving in is worth the price of what comes with the bequest: Liza’s 82-year-old mother, Edith. Edith is struggling to deal with her daughter’s death along with increasing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and she must begrudgingly rely on Maggie in more ways than one. As Maggie and Edith’s relationship develops, Maggie offers to write down Edith’s memories before it’s too late. As secrets are revealed, both women confront issues they thought they had left behind. Fishman (Saving Ruth) combines relatable circumstances and delightful dialogue in this character-driven tale about forgiveness and acceptance, making it a quick read that’s hard to put down. Curmudgeonly yet lovable Edith is a snappy force to be reckoned with, and she demonstrates that even when things don’t go as planned, challenges are not necessarily bad, and a good life can be forged out of bleak situations.Publisher’s Weekly

Odder things are likely to happen, but inheriting a house in Sag Harbor, NY, is probably close to the top of the list, at least to house cleaner Maggie Sheets. She knew author Liza Brennan, but the two hadn’t been in touch for years, and now Liza is dead, having committed suicide. The gift comes with strings—or, rather, one big string: Liza’s 82-year-old mother, Edith, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, lives there, too. A single mom with a toddler daughter, Maggie wouldn’t have to work anymore, though housecleaning is how she met her benefactor in the first place. Yet Liza’s death hangs over the residence, and the past doesn’t offer much solace—or many answers. This quirky tale from Fishman (Driving Lessons) drops readers into the middle of a most unconventional situation and lets them flounder along with the characters, who are by turns outspoken, impatient, grumpy, and thoroughly at a loss. Maggie and Edith discover a shared bond and decide, perhaps grudgingly, that it’s never too late to fix one’s mistakes. VERDICT Recommended for fans of domestic fiction with a twist. —Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal

“Zoe Fishman’s INHERITING EDITH is a tragicomic delight, pairing single mother and professional house cleaner Maggie with prickly, resentful, 82-year-old Edith, thrown together in a Sag Harbor beach house after Edith’s famous author daughter Liza takes her own life–and bequeaths the house and her mother to Maggie, her former friend and employee. Fishman deftly explores the intricate territory of mother-daughter relationships as well as the haunting specter of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis for famously independent Edith. Throw in winsome toddler Lucy, the hilarious meddling of best friend/yenta Esther, and an intriguing potential suitor in the form of a local toy store owner, and you have a delicious literary chicken soup for the soul.” –Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of THE WEEKENDERS

“A heartbreaking story about life, love, and friendship that you’ll want to devour in one sitting.” –Erin Duffy, author of LOST ALONG THE WAY

“A beautifully crafted story about second chances and about life’s big surprises. Warm spirited and emotionally rich, Inheriting Edith celebrates the fine line between friendship and family. These characters will tug at your heart.” — Jamie Brenner, author of The Wedding Sisters

“Inheriting Edith is a beautifully written story about what it means to remember and what it means to forget. Fishman masterfully portrays both a single mother and an older woman with Alzheimer’s, as they are both struggling to come to terms with their pasts, their futures, and each other. I loved this compelling and achingly real novel about friendship, family and second chances.”Jillian Cantor, author of MARGOT and THE HOURS COUNT



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