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Infinite Home

by Kathleen Alcott

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A small NYC apartment building is owned by Edith, an elderly widow who floats in and out of dementia. Having not raised the rent since her husband died decades earlier, she has dedicated tenants: a painter who's debilitated by a stroke; a 30 year old man tucked into a precocious 8 year old's brain; a burnout stand up comedian; and an agoraphobic. When Edith's son threatens to sell the building, the tenants rally, with very unexpected results. The story just takes too long to get to where it ends up, with too much description and too little action. Plus the concept is far from unique. This is a novel with a much more satisfying ending than beginning or middle. ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 25, 2016 |
This review speaks exactly to my feelings about this book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1405484027?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
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  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
One of the best books I read in 2015. I found it on the new book shelf at the library. I'd heard about it but didn't think I wanted to read it. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Quirky tenants in a New York building are muddling through lives connected by a benign landlady whose health is deteriorating. Beautiful, elegant writing. ( )
  seeword | Dec 19, 2015 |
This is a book that draws you in slowly and doesn't let go. A story about a building owned by Edith, a widow who rents apartments to an interesting collection of tenants. With senility starting to affect their landlord and a creepy son who wants what's his, the tenants start to move out of their separate worlds to help their landlord. It's hard to describe the eccentricities of these characters in a short review but they are truly unforgettable. Loved this book! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Oct 19, 2015 |
Alcott's characters are beautifully drawn and their plight, so simple and ordinary and yet given urgency for those very reasons, makes it easy to become an honorary member of this apartment building's "family." The novel takes a few minutes to find its footing (the opening page-long prologue is not a great introduction) but almost before you know it, you are drawn into the quiet near-melancholy of this fading moment and propelled along to the equally quiet near-joy of the next moment's birth. A beautiful novel (with, by the way, a BEAUTIFUL jacket; the pictures don't do the colors justice) and a heartfelt depiction of the homes we create for ourselves - and the lengths that we will go to protect them, no matter what shape they take.

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  drewsof | Sep 30, 2015 |
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Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways--in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart--the renters struggle to navigate daily existence, and soon come to realize that Edith's deteriorating mind, and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, is the greatest challenge they must confront together.… (more)

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