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Like Family



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Author
Giordano, Paolo
Descriptors
Cancer Patients
Family Relationships
Interpersonal Relationships
Nannies
Terminal Illnesses
Widows
Location/Setting:
Italy
Time Period:
21st Century
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Summary
A married couple hires an older widow to care for the wife when she has a problem pregnancy; afterwards, she stays on as nanny and housekeeper. 8 years later, she suddenly announces that she’s not feeling well and will not be coming back and 16 months later, she’s passed away from cancer. The husband narrates, sharing his memories of Mrs. A and stories about her life. Most importantly, he relays how Mrs. A helped them all, smoothing over differences between husband and wife, wholly loving their child, and appreciating and encouraging all of them. Without her, they are all bereft. She had an intimate role within their family, even though she was an employee; she wasn’t family, but was she?
Critique
Giordano contemplates the variety of love, the definition of family and the value of relationships, however fleeting, in this melancholy but sweet book.
ISBN
9780525428763
  iBistro
# of Pages
146
Published
2016
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: DO


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