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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
Edith Sharp is a 98-year-old forgetful woman who needs special care, and that's why her son William decided to send her to River's Edge, a care facility. But Edith doesn't want to go there or to California to live with her son. However, Edith agrees to try River's Edge, thinking it will be only temporary. She now must accept River's Edge as her new home, but her short-term memory and adjustment disorder often get in her way. You can learn about Edith's life at River's Edge and her memories in Where the Light Is Brighter by C. C. Griffin and Thomas G. Fiffer. This book is filled with experiences around the holidays celebrated by Edith and her friends outside their homes and away from their families.
Where the Light Is Brighter by C. C. Griffin and Thomas G. Fiffer is a thoughtful and beautifully written book with wonderful messages about caring for one another and celebrating every holiday. It reminds us to have compassion for and to value and respect people of every age. This story shows how hard it is for someone to leave their own house and move into a place shared by so many, the pain they may feel, and what it's like to be old and forget everything they love. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in their various stages of aging as they were gradually introduced, showing that even though old age wears our bodies down, the spirit is what keeps us young. This story of resilience, loss, community, connection, confusion, and youthful spirit is a must-read.