** They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine

They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a perfectly reasonable novel about a New York family whose grandmother is not quite conforming to the choices her children would want her to make. There are many well-observed details throughout the book, whether it’s the children feeling that they would enjoy the burden-free life of assisted-living facilities,  the daughter-in-law hating Christmas tree because she hates waste, or the adult grandson confiding in her grandmother much more freely than in his parents (and the grandmother keeping her thoughts to herself as she listens to him, likely explaining why he chooses to talk to her in the first place). That said, the story is rather pedestrian.

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