The sweet by and by

by Johnson, Todd, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 8 copies
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F JOH
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"Gentle, sensitive...sometimes funny, occasionally sad, and ultimately life-affirming."
--Winston-Salem Journal

The Sweet By and By is the story of five southern women of different ages and from very different backgrounds whose lives come together in a journey of courage, hope, and humor. First-time author Todd Johnson--who was a co-producer with Oprah Winfrey of Broadway's The Color Purple--makes an indelible literary mark with a debut novel that bestselling author Adriana Trigiani (Very Valentine) calls, "heartfelt and stunning." People magazine chose The Sweet By and By as one of its " Great Reads for Your Book Club ," saying, " Steel Magnolias fans will love this one."

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Five women in a small town in North Carolina cross paths and share the joys and sorrows of their different stages of life. Lorraine is a registered nurse at a nursing home. Her strong faith makes her more compassionate than the other staff members as she listens attentively to those who are nearing the end of their lives. Margaret is a patient with a caring daughter; still she is stuck at the nursing home, sentient and appreciative of Lorraine's attention as she, too, watches the life stages of staff and the patients and their visitors. Bernice is more able-bodied than Margaret, but she lost her mind when she lost her son; still she offers an exuberance lacking in the other patients. Rhonda, a sassy woman with a keen sense of observation, is a hairdresser who came to the nursing home looking to fill idle time and found true friendship. April is Lorraine's daughter, raised by her mother alone, going on to medical school and single parenthood herself. Johnson offers sweet portraits of women seeking joy in everyday experiences.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Johnson's bittersweet and often humorous hen-lit debut portrays the lives of five very different Southern women: compassionate Lorraine, bossy Margaret, grief-stricken Bernice, ambitious April and brusque Rhonda. At the center of this character-driven novel is Lorraine, a nurse at the nursing home where Margaret and Bernice live. As the three women drift into friendship, hairdresser Rhonda arrives to take a part-time job, and the older women begin to change her life. Lorraine's daughter, April, meanwhile, is also gradually drawn into the circle. The story unfolds slowly over decades and life milestones, giving the characters plenty of time to reveal themselves. Johnson has a sure ear for Southern speech, though the dialect can become tiresome, and the narrative's lack of plot makes the novel feel overlong. Nevertheless, the underlying message of the power of love and friendship resonates, as does its depiction of the way in which people leading unremarkable lives can have a tremendous impact on those around them. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Female friendship -- Fiction.
Older women -- Fiction.
Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction.
North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :William Morrow,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 303 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780061579523 (hardcover)
0061579521 (hardcover)
9780061579516 (trade pbk.)
0061579513 (trade pbk.)
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