From the monthly archives:

November 2014

Maggie and Her Many Moods

November 8, 2014

Maggie Edith Mosteller McLendon is the subject of a new book by author Linda Hewitt, contributor to this site. Titled Maggie and Me: A Granddaughter’s Memoir, the book explores the ups and downs of the relationship between a woman and her oldest grandchild, very much alike in many ways but of two very different eras.

The heart of the book is the transition undergone by the author as she grows up and begins to view Maggie not only as the most important part of the world they share, but as a woman of  great presence and decided opinions, a woman whose traditional views collide explosively with the life philosophy of a granddaughter who assumed that it was her responsibility to become the best that she could be within the limits and possibilities of her abilities and aptitudes. Their growing disagreements play out against the backdrop of a dying industrial town whose seeming stability is an illusion based on corporate priorities.

In the end, Maggie and Me: A Granddaughter’s Memoir is a tribute to the strength of family stories and the endurance of love and precious ritual in the face of change. It’s also a recognition of the fact that, as the book would have it, “the main thing all satisfying lives share is the courage to do what must be done with grace.”
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