- File Size: 2564 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ciara Threadgoode (February 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BL3Z4RY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It would be hard to imagine a more entertaining book. Grandma Dottie (Granny), the main character, is a hoot and a holler, an emotional refreshment, a 76 year old 25 year old. She is wise and wicked, loving and coy, protective and expansive. Grandma Mazur (a delightfully funny ongoing character in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum detective series) has finally met her match. Granny is a character that cannot be easily forgotten, nor would the reader want to forget her.
Threadgoode’s use of the English language is frivolous, funny, fanciful, and lively. Every page contains a laugh or two, wacky observations about the minutiae of life (What do the people in China call their fancy dinnerware? What the heck do you call a male ballerina?).
But humor is not all that you get. The novel is full of pithy and poignant observations about relationships, family, and how to live life fully through the wisdom of age. Family members fall out of favor, protect each other, get angry, feel guilty, circle the wagons. There is a wrathful mother and some stealing of data from a computer. You know, perfectly normal behavior from a dysfunctional family. We recognize ourselves in Threadgoode’s characters, and it’s both unnerving and validating. Threadgood has Granny present the cautionary wisdom that is the moral of this tale: “A single moment of misunderstanding left unattended, can be so poisonous that it can make us forget within a minute, the hundreds of lovable moments spent together.” Ponder that a few times before moving on. If this were heeded by more people (particularly families and friends), there would be so much less anguish in the world.
There is no end to the surprises thrust upon the characters. There are skeletons in the closet that reside within other skeletons, all quite juicy. The often quirky way the characters react to the surprises makes the plot a joy.
This novel is just so much fun to read. I found myself reading passages out loud to my fiancé, both of us getting a good laugh. I particularly love the relationship between Cherry and her husband, Gene. They clearly love each other deeply, and a big part of the way their marriage stays fresh is the humor they share.
Don’t miss this charming amusement. As Granny says, “I’m beginning to realize that in life, it’s all about the funny moments”. I look forward to reading the sequel, Granny’s No Angel. The name Ciara Threadgoode is a pseudonym, which I find delightfully romantic. All of Threadgoode’s books are available for Kindle.
The writer gives us a diary of the later life of her grandmother. Not the usual diary of appointments and weather but the one that gets to the heart and soul of what she was living and feeling. That was set, in the story, against the saga of one of her grandchildren who had become her primary care giver. Our writer gave us a chance to see the dynamics of this family from both sides. We have the story and memories of the grandmother and the discovery by the granddaughter of some things she hadn't known about her own family.
My reason for wishing it was a memoir is that if that was the case then I might actually come to know the characters more in depth as their lives progressed.....because rather than living breathing people I am limited in how much I can interact by what the author chooses to disclose. The "back story" or the why did these things happen are not discoverable on Facebook or in an email and even though the events felt very very real to me they were and are inventions of a very creative mind.
I am not a writer of fiction or memoir though I have thought about both over my life. If I had written this story the highest praise I could imagine would be to hear that the story and the characters were so real that someone truly believed that it wasn't fiction. That is what I can leave with this author as she continues on to a sequel....you made me believe....you made me care and yes, I do want to know why things progressed in the lives of your characters to make them the people they are.