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The Sweet By and By: A Novel
by Todd Johnson

Published: 2010-03-30
Paperback : 336 pages
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Meet five North Carolina women who are about to change the way you think about friendship. For Rhonda, a gritty, fun-loving hairdresser in tight jeans, the sights and smells of Ridgecrest Nursing Center are depressing. But before she can change her mind about working there, two residents ...

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Meet five North Carolina women who are about to change the way you think about friendship. For Rhonda, a gritty, fun-loving hairdresser in tight jeans, the sights and smells of Ridgecrest Nursing Center are depressing. But before she can change her mind about working there, two residents glue themselves to her: Margaret, droll and whip-smart, with a will of iron that never fails her even when her body does, and Bernice, an avid country music fan who is rarely lucid. Together with Lorraine, their church-going, God-questioning nurse, and her daughter, April, bright and ambitious, they lock arms in courage and humor for a journey that speaks to us all—of how we live and die, of how we love and forgive.

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by suzie.r.ward (see profile) 10/22/15

 
  "Lives Forgotten"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 06/17/11

Cute and endearing story. Loved Margaret and her sassy personality, made me laugh despite her circumstance. Very sad story, but one that really makes you think about those in nursing homes... (read more)

 
  "A sweet story with insights into growing older."by dgarza8198 (see profile) 05/04/11

 
  "The Sweet by and by"by DianeMelanie (see profile) 03/26/11

I personally worked with the elderly and found this book to be full of love and beautifully written. Nursing homes get a bad name by our society but please know that there are wonderfully, compassionate... (read more)

 
  "Beautiful End of Life Story"by KayHuck (see profile) 11/01/10

We don't value our elderly and leave them alone in nursing homes, depending on someone else to nurture them in their last days. Lorraine is one of those compassionate caregivers who helps the elderly... (read more)

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