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GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
BETH GUTCHEON
ISBN# (13): 978-0-06-053907-8
August 2008
William Morrow (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Hard Cover
$24.95 U.S./$26.95 Canada
256 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Laurus Moss was a gifted Danish pianist. He was married to Sydney Brant, who was an enigma to many. When they both die together in old age, their three children are left to settle and divide any assets.

Eleanor, Monica, and Jimmy Moss are the children of Laurus and Sydney. When their parents die, they return home to settle matters and learn many new developments about the other that come as a surprise.

Eleanor Moss Applegate is the oldest, Jimmy the youngest and well-beloved favorite, and Monica the middle child, who never felt loved. Eleanor cleans up the house and deals with the bank and lawyer. She wants some of the items to be left to her children but it appears that Jimmy has another say in the matter, as well as Monica who had a difficult life not only as a child but in her married life. Jimmy intends on getting the piano which totally comes as a shock to Eleanor. None of them want to argue over the distribution of the items like many who fight over a simple silver tea pot but just the mere sorting of these things brings out many facets in their life each are not aware. It is a time for remembering and bringing other things to view as they try to bring unity and closeness to the family.

Goodbye and Amen is a story that calls to remembrance many things not only with the family in the book but even touches upon the reader. There were times this story reminded me of occurrences that happened in my household over the course of time. I particularly liked the black and white portraits in the book that lends a nostalgic atmosphere of a real family, that all can share in and love. Beth Gutcheon gives each character his or her own personality making this a stirring read. I enjoyed the way she paragraphed each section out as the character expounded his or her own record of happenings. She tells a delightful story of family, friends and places that come alive.

Cherokee
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