Reinvented Lives by Annie Weissman

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An important, gripping story about facing change with curiosity, fear, love and, ultimately, acceptance.


Eighty year old Rae Hoffman smashed her car and didn’t remember the accident. Her daughters can no longer ignore their mother’s “forgetfulness.” Something had to be done
Barbara, 56, Rae’s eldest daughter who lives in a nearby suburb of New Jersey, freaks out at her mother’s decline. Ellen, single and the youngest daughter at forty-eight, is a research scientist at a university in Iowa and too busy to deal with the situation.
So it falls to Rhoda, the middle daughter, a first grade teacher in Phoenix and the single parent of two rebellious teenage boys to take care of her mother.
Rhoda investigates senior living options for her mother, and invites Rae to visit. Rae moves into assisted living but hates it and threatens to return to New Jersey if Rhoda won’t take her in. Rhoda, egged on by her sons, agrees.
Barbara is concerned that Rhoda, who is not financially sound, will take advantage of their mother’s money. Barbara and Ellen plot to get Rae declared incompetent but Rhoda trumps them by moving Rae to Arizona permanently.
All four women reinvent their lives. Ellen takes a trip to China and discovers love. Barbara forsakes the suburbs and moves into New York City. Rae’s life gets smaller and smaller.
All the while Rhoda is frantic and overwhelmed as her troubles mount. Rae requires more and more care.

About Annie Weissman

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Annie Weissman is a writer, storyteller, dynamic speaker, blogger, educator, and creator of crossword puzzles. She was born in New York City and reared in Teaneck, New Jersey. She taught high school dropouts in Cleveland before earned her M.S.L.S. at Case Western Reserve University. She moved to Phoenix to work as a public librarian, school librarian, principal, and university lecturer. She is the author of a memoir, As One Door Closes as well as seven books for teachers and librarians. She currently writes a blog, The Single Senior ( as well as a column of the same name for The Pinewood News. Check out her website at
Published April 16, 2013 by Scottsdale Press. 378 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jun 13 2013

An important, gripping story about facing change with curiosity, fear, love and, ultimately, acceptance.

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