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From the landmarks of Chicago to the wrong side of the law, Betty Miles' escape from assisted living and her daughter's quest to bring her home will test everyone's assumptions about old age, family, and the kindness of secrets. Sharon D'Angelo thought it was a solid plan to move her mother into a senior care facility, but after just three weeks, the octogenarian is alread From the landmarks of Chicago to the wrong side of the law, Betty Miles' escape from assisted living and her daughter's quest to bring her home will test everyone's assumptions about old age, family, and the kindness of secrets. Sharon D'Angelo thought it was a solid plan to move her mother into a senior care facility, but after just three weeks, the octogenarian is already planning her exit. Bored with craft projects and the kitchen utensil band, Betty buys a train ticket to Chicago. But having spent her life as a model mother and housewife, she worries about misbehaving; a "good" mother wouldn't disappear like this. Then Betty learns that her late husband-a respectable man-did a little misbehaving himself: there's a safe deposit box stashed away in Chicago, filled with who knows what. Betty has to find the truth, no matter the consequences. Sharon is devastated to find Betty gone; a "good "daughter wouldn't lose her mother like this. She and her husband Vince trail after Betty, discovering along the way that their struggling marriage has its own secrets to confront and that a journey can change a family just as much as it can change an individual.


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From the landmarks of Chicago to the wrong side of the law, Betty Miles' escape from assisted living and her daughter's quest to bring her home will test everyone's assumptions about old age, family, and the kindness of secrets. Sharon D'Angelo thought it was a solid plan to move her mother into a senior care facility, but after just three weeks, the octogenarian is alread From the landmarks of Chicago to the wrong side of the law, Betty Miles' escape from assisted living and her daughter's quest to bring her home will test everyone's assumptions about old age, family, and the kindness of secrets. Sharon D'Angelo thought it was a solid plan to move her mother into a senior care facility, but after just three weeks, the octogenarian is already planning her exit. Bored with craft projects and the kitchen utensil band, Betty buys a train ticket to Chicago. But having spent her life as a model mother and housewife, she worries about misbehaving; a "good" mother wouldn't disappear like this. Then Betty learns that her late husband-a respectable man-did a little misbehaving himself: there's a safe deposit box stashed away in Chicago, filled with who knows what. Betty has to find the truth, no matter the consequences. Sharon is devastated to find Betty gone; a "good "daughter wouldn't lose her mother like this. She and her husband Vince trail after Betty, discovering along the way that their struggling marriage has its own secrets to confront and that a journey can change a family just as much as it can change an individual.

49 review for Escape from Assisted Living

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim Hampton

    A hilarious look at Betty, an elderly lady who decides to move into assisted living to please her daughter, only to find out that it's not at all what she expected. She decides on the spur of the moment to book a train trip out west, with a stop in Chicago to find out the contents of a bank box that her late husband had kept a secret all his life. Her adventures, and the antics of her daughter and son-in-law as they try to find her, were so entertaining that I didn't want to put the book down. A hilarious look at Betty, an elderly lady who decides to move into assisted living to please her daughter, only to find out that it's not at all what she expected. She decides on the spur of the moment to book a train trip out west, with a stop in Chicago to find out the contents of a bank box that her late husband had kept a secret all his life. Her adventures, and the antics of her daughter and son-in-law as they try to find her, were so entertaining that I didn't want to put the book down.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Wonderful book. I read this several years ago and truly enjoyed the experience. Keep the series going, Joyce. The follow-up book, One More Fox Trot, was excellent as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Described in Kirkus Reviews as "coming-of-age fiction for the older crowd . . . a sensitive story of intergenerational stresses," this book strikes a chord for most mid-life and beyond readers: What to do with mother? Sharon thought it was a solid plan to move her mother Betty Miles into a senior care facility, but after just three weeks at Shady Grove, the octogenarian is already planning her escape. What to do with myself? Bored with egg-carton flowers and kitchen utensil bands, Betty b Described in Kirkus Reviews as "coming-of-age fiction for the older crowd . . . a sensitive story of intergenerational stresses," this book strikes a chord for most mid-life and beyond readers: What to do with mother? Sharon thought it was a solid plan to move her mother Betty Miles into a senior care facility, but after just three weeks at Shady Grove, the octogenarian is already planning her escape. What to do with myself? Bored with egg-carton flowers and kitchen utensil bands, Betty buys a train ticket to Chicago. But having spent her life as model mother and housewife, she worries about misbehaving; a good mother wouldn't disappear on her daughter like this. What to do with us? Back in Elkhart, Indiana, Sharon is devastated to hear of her mother's disappearance; a good daughter wouldn't lose her mother like this. She and her husband Vince trail after Betty, discovering along the way that their struggling marriage has its own secrets to confront. From the landmarks of Chicago to the wrong side of the law, Betty's trip, and Sharon and Vince's quest to bring her home, will test everyone's assumptions about old age, family, and the kindness of secrets. Debut novelist Joyce Hicks is interested in mid to later life stories, particularly at significant change gateways. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of print and online sources.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

    At 28, I'm not exactly the intended audience for this novel. Even still, Hicks' story is quirky enough and the writing solid enough that I enjoyed reading about Betty's adventure from start to finish. It's an honest and heartwarming story that, in spite of its comedic veneer, has some real fears and emotions behind the actions of its characters and asks some serious questions about life, but without the novel taking itself too serious. It may have been written for an older audience, but I would At 28, I'm not exactly the intended audience for this novel. Even still, Hicks' story is quirky enough and the writing solid enough that I enjoyed reading about Betty's adventure from start to finish. It's an honest and heartwarming story that, in spite of its comedic veneer, has some real fears and emotions behind the actions of its characters and asks some serious questions about life, but without the novel taking itself too serious. It may have been written for an older audience, but I would recommend it to any adult.

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