They Left Us Everything

They Left Us Everything

A Memoir

Large Print - 2016
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After the death of the author's senile father, and cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother, she and her three younger brothers must empty and sell the beloved family home. Twenty-three rooms full of history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. The author remembers her loving but difficult parents who could not have been more different: the British father, a handsome, disciplined patriarch who nonetheless could not control his opinionated, extroverted Southern-belle wife who loved tennis and gin gimlets. The task consumes her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s and 60s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410493354
Branch Call Number: LP 306.874092 JOHNS
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 23 cm.


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Oct 12, 2017

familiar with oakville ontario so trying to place house. good book, read it in 2 days. liked the history of the home and how much work it was to clear to sell. would recommend to read!

Jul 17, 2017

A very pleasant and thoughtful read. Anyone would enjoy this memoir but if you are in your Golden years or are taking care of someone in their Golden years, you will really relate to and enjoy this. It is a wonderful combination of funny, sad and interesting and it will leave you feeling reflective. Good book!

Mar 05, 2017

A poignant, beautifully-written memoir.

sydniec Jan 20, 2017

a touching story set in Oakville, about an old house and the family that loved it. the title reflexs the realization that comes towards the end of the book

Oct 12, 2016

I enjoyed this book because I am presently going through a very similar situation and so many of the incidents described are spot on. I gave it to my 95 year old mother to read and she enjoyed it too just because it is so topical. A good read for anyone facing the gargantuan task of emptying out a family home and sharing the work and the treasures among the siblings.

JudeLee Oct 04, 2016

I loved, loved this book. It made me laugh and cry. The story was so believable and spoke to me. Her writing was superb. It gets my vote for the Evergreen Award.

Sep 06, 2016

After 20 years of caring for her elderly parents, the author feels only frustration and resentment. Although her brothers have helped, they haven't been there for the day-to-day slog. Her father died a few years earlier with Alzheimer's disease and her mother has just quietly died a few weeks after Christmas. Plum's American mother and English father settled in Canada as a compromise after World War II and a few years in Asian countries. Like so many of their Depression-era peers, nothing was ever thrown away. The author thinks it will only take her 6 weeks to clean out a 23-room house that's been occupied since 1952. Instead she embarks on a 16-month journey that includes grief, discovering her parents as people, and coming to terms with her often rocky relationship with her mother.

Aug 01, 2016

A very well written serious, funny, touching, practical and educational memoir.

claire1 Jan 13, 2016

very emotional book about parents not having a will and children having to go thru belongings

dairyqueen Dec 22, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It is both funny and sad. I also enjoyed the stories within the story.

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Nov 04, 2015

"I know why I needed to spend so much time in this wasn't about untangling the stuff - it was about untangling myself from Mum. The clutter wasn't was mine."

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