Last summer a friend came to visit after I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and brought me Madeleine L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and recently finished The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, Book #4 on my Summer Reading.
Madeleine L’Engle is most famous for her Newbery award-winning A Wrinkle in Time which she wrote in 1962. In this book, Madeleine and her family are staying at the Crosswicks. Her grandmother is staying for the summer and she is deteriorating both in her mind and her body. L’Engle takes us on a journey as she shares memories of her mother and grandmother and how they have influenced her.
I am the primary caregiver for my 86-year-old mother who has Alzheimer’s. With my diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer in the bones my family had to become even more involved in my mother’s care though they have always have been there. I related to lots of the stories shared as it is hard to see your parent change before your eyes and lose their memory. It was also great to read the stories L’Engle shared that made her the person she became.
I think any reader would appreciate this book as we all have family stories. It will bring to mind some of your stories and cause you to appreciate those who have gone before you and made you who you are. It will also cause you to appreciate even more those who are still with you. L’Engle realized how important those stories were not just for her but for her to pass on to her children.
I am dying so reading this was even more poignant for me and somewhat therapeutic. My family has always been close and shared stories. During this time that we are creating new memories that will become the stories my siblings, nieces and nephews share after I am gone. I urge you to read L’Engle’s The Summer of the Great-Grandmother or one of her other delightful books whether for children or adults – you won’t be disappointed.