A Place Called Canterbury

A Place Called Canterbury

Tales of the New Old Age in America

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143115304
  • 400 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

An “affectionate, touchingly empathetic” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times) look at old age in America today Welcome to Canterbury Tower , an apartment building in Florida, where the residents are busy with friendships, love, sex, money, and gossip-and the average age is eightysix. Journalist Dudley Clendinen’s mother moved to Canterbury in 1994, planning-like most the inhabitants-to spend her final years there. But life was not over yet for the feisty southern matron. There, she and her eccentric new friends lived out a soap opera of dignity, nerve, and humor otherwise known as the New Old Age. A Place Called Canterbury is both a journalist’s account of the last years of the Greatest Generation and a son’s rueful memoir of his mother. Entertaining and unsparing, it is essential reading for anyone with aging parents, and those wondering what their own old age might look like.

Praise

” One of the most enjoyable and important books to cross our desks this year. Beautifully written . . . moving and humorous. Invaluable for anyone grappling with the challenges and opportunities in later life.”
-The Wall Street Journal

“A book that stands apart from so much of what is being written about aging in this country.”
-The Baltimore Sun
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