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Old Ladies: Stories Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Last week I was at the library and from their mini-kiosk featuring short story collections I picked up “Old Ladies.” It touched a number of nerves. My formerly feisty mother has become faint-voiced and frail, unable to walk unassisted the distance between her house and mine just next door. She spent a week in hospital and five weeks in rehab after breaking her hip, so I recognized both the sad inhabitants of the hospital waiting room in "Regulars" and the denizens of the Triple–R retirement home which with its established routines and cliquesappears in several stories.
This was a painful book. Packer draws a detailed portrait of the end of life, when health and certainty and romance and friends are all turning to ghosts. These are cautionary tales, but we must all go into the forest sooner or later, though we know there are monsters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Powerful and touching. Honest. The stories capture the paradox of the strength and fragility of women who have lived long.Published 14 months ago by Nyffmom
I cannot say that I liked the book. Bein an old lady myself I could not even identify with the characters. The book left me somewhat depressed.Published on September 5, 2012 by Ulla