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At the age of eighty-eight, Agatha McGee has grudgingly moved out of her house on River Street and into the Sunset Senior Apartments. She’s not happy about giving up her independence, and Sunset Senior’s arts and crafts activities and weekly excursions to the Blue Sky Casino are hardly...
At the age of eighty-eight, Agatha McGee has grudgingly moved out of her house on River Street and into the Sunset Senior Apartments. She’s not happy about giving up her independence, and Sunset Senior’s arts and crafts activities and weekly excursions to the Blue Sky Casino are hardly a consolation. Meanwhile two of her close friends pass away, her nephew Frederick is drifting into depression, and a kidnapped little girl has suddenly appeared on her doorstep. With characteristic poise and dignity, Agatha takes on her problems and finds that the bonds of friendship and family are still the key to happiness at any age. Affectionate and life-affirming, The New Woman is another delightful trip to a town with a soul as real as rural America itself.
Posted May 12, 2013
Jon Hassler has written a whole series of book about the mythical, middle-America, town of Staggerford. Agatha McGee first appeared as a staid , strict, but beloved sixth grade teacher. She never marries, and her "kids" where those children who passed through her classroom for more than 40 years. In this book, she is 87 years old, and is moving into the Sunset Senior Home.
At first, her lack of privacy and control makes her life uncomfortable, so she decides to move back into her old home. But a fall, without anyone around to help her, finds her deciding that the Sunset Senior Center is actually better for her. Through a series of interesting events, she ends up running a support group for a small group of people. More and more of her old students and new friends begin attending, and her new type of "teaching" reinvigorates her, even while it saps her strength and reserves. But, her spirit and soul are energized and she finds new joy in living.
Nice read. I enjoy these old books once in a while, though the old age aspect of this book was a bit depressing. Glad I read it though!
Posted March 22, 2011
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