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that its a combination of marvelous humor,and a certain sadness involved in the relationship between an eccentric,aging mother and her care-giving daughter, Susan. Its beautifully written,and very,very,very funny. A wonderful book.
The biography of this unusual family from Philadelphia is interesting; Susan's mother is a talented painter and Susan is an actress. But the silver lining of this book is the story of how Susan navigates the minefield of the health care system. Even with long term care insurance, finding proper care for her mother is a challenge and at one point, she sues a very uncaring HMO who frustrates her mother's rehabilitation with every turn, so much so that they are referred to, not as HMO but as the ESD (eat..s...and die, fill in the blanks.) Susan's battle with them is worth the price of admission alone.
This is an interesting book, amusing at times, frustrating at times, but will probably appeal to anyone with an aging parent or a non-conventional parent.
I read "The Habit" nine months after my mother died. I did not have a good relationship with her so I was initially hesitant about reading Ms. Morse's chronicle of her relationship with her mother. My hesitation was unfounded and reading "The Habit" turned out to be surprisingly cathartic. The mother-daughter relationship envy that I anticipated never surfaced. In fact, instead of feeling sad and angry about what I didn't have with my own mother, I laughed and cried (good crying) and celebrated with Ms. Morse as she took me on irreverently poignant adventures through her life and her mother's life, which includes "Ma" becoming a nun at 85 years old!
"The Habit" can be appreciated by all, whether or not you're a parent, a daughter, a son, or a nun, if you enjoy an honest, well written and marvelously witty book then you'll enjoy "The Habit".
By Susan Morse
This book is a jigsaw puzzle. Ostensibly the story of the author's relationship with her mother, and especially the relationship between the grown woman with children who still need her and her elderly mother, no longer self-sufficient. The `sandwich generation' dilemma is omnipresent today, and likely to become more so.
`The Habit' is an engaging portrait of a mother who happens to be talented, difficult, eccentric-to the point that her journey culminated in becoming a nun at the age of eighty-five. And the book is more than a portrait of this woman and of her daughter. The ride that we go on addresses what it is to commit to anyone, and what a mysterious and complex journey it is.
Susan Morse observes her mother and others with great detail. She goes beyond what they have achieved and what their circumstances are; the characters, especially Ma, are very complex and do not escape incisive criticism. Susan's own spiritual pursuit can be described as a desire for a world in which people tell the truth. Susan conveys the fact that she understands only too well that the ability to be truthful must be learned. I gathered that Susan felt grateful for the twists of fate that have helped her. She can therefore comment on the failures of others with tenderness rather than contempt.
`The Habit' has spontaneity and weaves many themes together. It is clear that the structure has been scrutinized and that the pace is conscious, that the high points and the revisiting of some things and the positioning of others are deliberate. And it works really well. Much of the subject matter drags us into the heart of darkness that lurks in the frail human body but the book is at least as humorous as it is painful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Received book about two years and cannot remember the subject matter.However I did not finish as it did not hold my interest.Published 1 month ago by minnie jo dillard
I've read much more interesting books by women - like Carry Me Home or A Life of Bright Ideas or The Help or The Light Between Oceans. Read morePublished 2 months ago by edward john
I was very disappointed in The Habit. As an avid reader I couldn't wait to delve into this book. I found it boring and lacking. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly kelly
I'd recommend to anyone. I'd recommend especially to anyone who loves a parent who is failing with age. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KA
Very funny accounting of a woman whose 85 year old mother becomes a nun. The mother is a riot and her daughter brings all of her oddities to life for one fun read.Published 10 months ago by Reads4fun
Dealing with my own aging parents, this gave me a not so shuttle reminder to keep my sense of humor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kerry A. Neal
hard book to put down once you've started. very easy to relate to the characters. well writtenPublished 15 months ago by Vickp
I have completed this chapter of my life and Morris 's description is spot on. With that said, I still found the narrative a bit underwhelming and a bit self indulgent.Published 16 months ago by Mac
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