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For some reason that still doesn't make sense to me Miss Limejuice decides it would be a good idea to buy a big house in France with her hoarding alcoholic brother and take her very elderly mother there to live with them. Supposedly, her mother will get much better health care there. But, that's because Miss Limejuice plans to live with her mother so that she can supervise her care and do much of the care taking. It seems it would have been a lot easier to stay in England and do the same thing. Of course, there wouldn't have been three books if they had.
This book describes the search for a home in France and the eventual move there with her mother. The mother is an amusing charcter and the brother is kind of tragic. Tottie does her best to care for one and tolerate and mollify the other. Not easy, but she writes with sincerity and has the ability to laugh at herself. Very entertaining.
Beware though this is not just a story of a family of ex-pats changing one known way of life for the un-known. It is rather an in-depth look at the struggle to improve life for three very different adults and an amazing old dog.
Lucky for me I know the sequel is already written and waiting for me so I won't have to agonize waiting to find out how they adjust to the changes.
"Sell the Pig" shows us that life across the pond in England is not much different from life in the US, as far as the quality of healthcare for the aged is concerned. Watching a Brit pick up lock, stock and barrel and move to the land of hairy armpits (as France is wrongly perceived by a great many Americans) in search of better health care and probably a more humane existence generally, should be quite an eye-opener to readers here in the US! The take away for me is that the French seem to love life and those still living it, including their pets, in ways that differ significantly from how they are loved in merry old England, or in the good old USA. As an example, in the US, if you're not willing to sit outside, don't bother taking your pet to dinner; in France most restaurants allow pets inside.
You have to admire someone that would go to such lengths, undertake serious challenges, and risk it all in a bit of a gamble on a better quality of life for her dear mother, aged 90+, in a foreign country. Since everything she reveals in this story is true, one can only hope that she survives and prospers 1000 miles from home--both culturally and geographically speaking. Kudos, Tottie, for having a big heart and a persevering spirit!