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They May Not Mean To, But They Do - A Novel

Cathleen Schine

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old. Cathleen Schine's They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a tender, sometimes hilarious intergenerational story about searching for where you belong as your family changes with age. When Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days. They didn't count on Joy suddenly becoming as willful and rebellious as their own kids. With sympathy, humor, and truth, Schine explores the intrusion of old age into a large and loving family. They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old. Cathleen Schine's They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a tender, sometimes hilarious intergenerational story about searching for where you belong as your family changes with age. When Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days. They didn't count on Joy suddenly becoming as willful and rebellious as their own kids. With sympathy, humor, and truth, Schine explores the intrusion of old age into a large and loving family. They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.
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Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old. Cathleen Schine's They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a tender, sometimes hilarious intergenerational story about searching for where you belong as your family changes with age. When Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days. They didn't count on Joy suddenly becoming as willful and rebellious as their own kids. With sympathy, humor, and truth, Schine explores the intrusion of old age into a large and loving family. They May Not Mean To, but They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cynthia Darlow

Length:

8h 41m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:45


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

30:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

12:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

22:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

11:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:32