They Left Us Everything: A Memoir

Category: Book
By (author): Johnson, Plum
  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Awards: OLA Evergreen Award (2016) 07
RBC Taylor Prize (2015) Winner
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: October 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.22in x 5.34in x 0.77in
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From The Publisher*A warm, heartfelt memoir of family, loss, and a house jam-packed with decades of memories.

After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents--first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year old mother--author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers have finally fallen to their knees with conflicted feelings of grief and relief. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, 23 rooms bulging with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum thought: How tough will that be? I know how to buy garbage bags.
     But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up 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.
They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.
Review Quote* • "Beautifully observed and written with great warmth and wit. . . . A story of love, loss, and legacy, written with compassion and humour." --RBC Taylor Price jury citation
 • "[They Left Us Everything] is the kind of slum, unassuming memoir that hits you deep in the gut. . . . Amid the scraps of paper left in jacket pockets, family photos and pieces of furniture, part of the "everything" our parents leave us with are our memories of them, good and bad. Perhaps figuring out what to do with them is as close to a manual for grief as we get." --National Post
Biographical NotePLUM JOHNSON is an award-winning author, artist, and entrepreneur living in Toronto. She was the founder of KidsCanada Publishing Corp., publisher of KidsToronto, and co-founder of Help's Here! resource magazine for seniors and caregivers. The author lives in Toronto, ON.