Saying GoodBye to The Iris Lady [NOOK Book]

Overview

As this autobiographical novel opens in 1996, Louise C. Smith has gained a measure of respect and local fame for her extensive work with growing and hybridizing fragrant tall bearded irises in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her three middle aged children, however, view her differently. The words “eccentric,” “obsessive,” and “a bother” come more readily to their minds.
When their widowed, elderly mother is hospitalized for what promises to be yet another routine, and probably ...
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Saying GoodBye to The Iris Lady

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Overview

As this autobiographical novel opens in 1996, Louise C. Smith has gained a measure of respect and local fame for her extensive work with growing and hybridizing fragrant tall bearded irises in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her three middle aged children, however, view her differently. The words “eccentric,” “obsessive,” and “a bother” come more readily to their minds.
When their widowed, elderly mother is hospitalized for what promises to be yet another routine, and probably unnecessary, surgery, the far flung siblings gather reluctantly at her side to offer moral support, feeling fidgety and anxious to return to their own lives.
As it gradually becomes clear that Louise’s condition is more fragile, and her prognosis more uncertain, than they had at first thought, the siblings find it necessary to prolong their stay. Living in their parents’ house, dealing with everyday chores, and without any spouses around, they subconsciously revert to the role each had established with the others in their long-ago childhoods. Humor mingles with pathos as the three struggle to make serious and sobering decisions on their mother’s behalf for which they are ill-prepared.
“By the time I was fifty-three, I thought I was all grown up. After all, I had duly celebrated all of life’s coming-of-age milestones: first day of school, graduations, first real job, marriage, births of my own children…each duly noted with cards and flowers, maybe even balloons. But, as I discovered that fateful year, none of us are really and truly adults until our last parent dies – and we find ourselves at the head of the line.” - Marilyn Smith Neilans
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016029658
  • Publisher: G J Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,226,335
  • File size: 1,015 KB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Smith Neilans spent her early years in Norris, Tennesse, then relocated many times across the eastern and midwestern states. She atteneded the Norfolk College of William and Mary in Virginia, then graduated from Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee. With her husband John she has lived in Hiroshima, Japan and Melbourne, Australia, as well as in Michigan, Tennessee and Florida. She has two grown children and two grandchildren. She has begun writing her next book...it should be released in late 2013.
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