Bettyville by George Hodgman
Unemployed and struggling to cope with the turn his life has now taken, George Hodgman finds himself leaving New York City and returning home to Paris, Missouri to care for his ailing mother, Betty. Their relationship can be described as tempestuous at best, but George is bound and determined to do the right thing and take full responsibility for his caregiving duties.
George describes his curmudgeonly mother with both sarcasm and loving humor but at the end of the day we know they share an unbreakable bond of affection. The author’s witty dialogue and self-deprecating humor barely masks his deep seated longing to be loved for who he is. Growing up gay in a small town was a painful experience for George and the hurt still runs deep. His parents never accepted this part of their son’s life and mostly looked the other way. While George clamors for validation of his inner feelings he resigns himself to the fact that Betty, who is now 90 years old, will never fully accept him for who he is.
Both an ode to caregivers and the people they care for, this book will surely resonate and inspire a wide range of library patrons.
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