There was something about Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman that just created this poignant experience for me. There were so many levels to this story, so many different aspects and individual real life situations that pulled me in, and made these characters very real and very much people that I would like to know. This was a book that I received from Edelweiss, and reading this book has made me go and add all of Zoe Fishman’s other books to my Amazon cart. I love her writing so so much.
In this novel, Maggie- a single mom to a 2 1/2 year old little girl named Lucy, finds out that she has inherited her late friend Liza’s estate, which includes her aging mother, Edith. Not only is Edith not a fan of change, or the fact that she feels like she is being babysat, but she is also in the early stages of Alzheimers.
Naturally, the two women have a hard time trying to balance their new life together-Edith is set in her ways and Maggie feels that she doesn’t know where she stands with Edith. Eventually, Lucy sort of makes Edith’s hard shell crumble, and they begin to become if not friends at least peaceful roommates.
Edith eventually enlists Maggie to help her track down someone she has been meaning to get a hold of for a very long time, and this sort of makes Maggie feel like she needs to do the same. The women help each other more than they even realize, and they create this hodge podge of a family that makes me just want to hug them.
At first I was holding Edith at arms length, sort of how Maggie was, and I am sure a lot of people would-just because she seems like an grumpy old lady, but then the story progresses and you realize how much she has lost, how much she’s hurting and what she has given up and you realize that she needs more than she’s letting on. I really started to fall in love with her by the end of the book.
With in the pages of this book, there are so many different issues that people need to talk about, and many different issues that people deal with every day. There is mental illness, suicide, aging parents, adoption, dating, raising children on your own, finding out your child is gay, and so many other things that just make this book so completely important. I loved this book, and I will definitely be reading more by Zoe. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.