Under One Roof

Under One Roof

Lessons I Learned From A Tough Old Woman in A Little Old House

Book - 2013
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Sometimes people aren't who you think they are.

Everyone knew what was going on in Ballard, Washington: developers were building a giant shopping mall, but a house belonging to a feisty octogenarian named Edith Wilson Macefield was in the way. They offered her a million dollars. She told them to take a hike.

Everyone knew that Barry Martin, head of the construction project, was involved in the push to get her out of the house so that the project could proceed without further delay.

Everyone was wrong.

When Barry took the job as construction supervisor for the shopping mall that was being erected around Edith's little house, he determined to make things as easy for her as he could. He didn't expect that she'd ask him to drive her to a hair appointment--but he did offer to help, after all. And it was in that one small gesture that an unlikely friendship was sparked, one that changed them both forever.

The story of Barry Martin and Edith Macefield is a tale of balance and compassion, of giving enough without giving too much, of helping our elderly loved ones through the tough times without taking away their dignity. In the end, Under One Roof is a tale of grace, and one from which all of us can take solace and strength. From Barry and Edith we have much to learn about love and letting go and, just possibly, about seeing through fading light to find great joy.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250003041
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lerman, Philip


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LaughingOne Jan 15, 2014

I love this story! I've lived in Seattle and know Ballard and I could visualize a lot of what was going on and where. I liked how bits and pieces of Edith's life became known over the course of this book. What's true and what isn't? I certainly don't know but I also don't really care. Edith is the kind of person I hope to be when I get that old. And Barry did quite well in learning how to have a caring relatonship with Edith, with the added bonus of getting insights into how to interact with his own parents. It was a quick but very satisfying read.

Jan 11, 2014

Ended up skimming, whole book should have been just short story in magazine.


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