If you have ever had to visit a relative in a nursing home you will be able to understand why these two sisters made a pact to die by the age of eighty. I watched my Grandmother in one with advanced dementia and I actually worked in a couple of nursing homes over the years in their accounting departments. It is not easy watching these once vibrant people slowly deteriorate. I more or less made myself the same promise all those years ago.
Of course life never ever goes totally smooth as we all know and love comes and goes. You meet someone and you know that he or she is the one--but then the summer or vacation is over and you have to go back. It is even worse when the love of your life goes into the army and is deemed missing in action. This is what happens to Jeanette--so she eventually gets married--
Fate plays a large part in this novel as does the love between sisters and family. Kim Cano is one of the great writers of our time who will make you feel and think, laugh and cry and in the end nod your head in agreement.
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Traumatized by visits to the nursing home to see their elderly aunt, Louise and her sister Jeannie made a youthful pact to not live past age eighty. Was it a silly childhood idea, or were they wise beyond their years? Most importantly, will they go through with it when the time comes?
Eighty and Out Editorial Review:
“An emotionally-charged women’s fiction novel about the bond between sisters, friendship, and fate, Eighty and Out will have you deliberating your destiny.” ~ Bestselling author Deborah Brown
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