The Sweet By and By

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The Sweet By and By

Format:  Paperback,

321 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2010

ISBN-13: 9780061579516

ISBN-10: 0061579513

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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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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2010
ISBN-13: 9780061579516
ISBN-10: 0061579513
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 321
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-11-15)

You may feel like your Southern ladies lit shelf is crammed, but you'll want to save a place for this debut novel-essentially a hymn of praise for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Set in an eastern North Carolina nursing home, the book follows Lorraine, an African American nurse; her daughter, April; Margaret and Bernice, elderly white patients; and Rhonda, a younger, white hairdresser who comes on Sundays. Moving back and forth in time, Johnson does a fine job of illustrating the rich inner lives of those imprisoned by failing mental or physical health.

Although not without its flaws, the novel moves beyond stereotypes as Lorraine lives in loving service to those unable to do for themselves. Like so many Southern novels, strong women predominate, and good men seem scarce. One may wish to know more about Rhonda's and April's lives, but the irrepressible Bernice and her obsessive antics over a prized stuffed monkey compensate. Even with the conundrum of an abundance of good fiction and limited budgets, novels about everyday people like Lorraine are in short supply. Strongly recommended for popular and Southern fiction collections.

[Johnson was a producer of the 2006 Broadway musical The Color Purple.-Ed.] - Rebecca Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Connecticut Book Awards, 2010 (United States)

Book description

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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Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by An enlightning and very enjoyable read Simply put, it is a beautifully written book that plays like music in the heart. It would take too long to describe what it will mean to you, if you decide to read it. Go to the writer's website to make that determination or read a few of the responses by readers at the back of the paperback. These responses are not included in the hardback edition. 10/29/2010
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