In this groundbreaking collection, twenty-seven smart, gutsy writers explode the clichés and tell the real stories about what it's like to be a grandmother in today's world. Among the contributors:
Judith Viorst exposes the high-stakes competition for Most Adored Nana.
Anne Roiphe learns to keep her mouth shut and her opinions to herself.
Elizabeth Berg marvels at witnessing her child give birth to her child.
Judith Guest confesses her failed attempt to be the perfect grandmother.
Jill Nelson grapples with unforeseen mother-daughter tensions.
Ellen Gilchrist reveals how grandparenthood has eased her fear of death.
Beverly Donofrio makes amends for her shortcomings as a teenage mother.
Bharati Mukherjee transcends her Hindu upbringing to embrace her adopted Chinese granddaughters.
Mary Pipher deconstructs the role of grandmother in our changing world.
“Spry and unsentimental. . . . Truth telling with dollops of love.”
“So many different perspectives and vantage points are woven seamlessly that no matter what their personal relationship to the word ‘grandmother’ is, readers will find much to make them laugh out loud—and also to break their hearts.”
“Insightful and candid, sometimes painfully so. . . . Women who have achieved grandmotherly status will appreciate this engaging, honest volume of essays by 26 writers who articulate shared emotions about their grandchildren.”
“In illuminating, unsentimental essays, 27 writers offer up insights on the tricky art of grandmothering.”