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At Home In Covington
By Joan Medlicott
Atria Books, 2004
Hardcover, $25.00 (320 pages)
ISBN: 0-7434-7039-7

Joan Medlicott's lovely, lively, and much anticipated "ladies of a certain age" are back in the fourth installment of the Covington series! 

As in the earlier novels, The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love, The Gardens of Covington, and From the Heart of Covington, Grace, Hannah, and Amelia continue to support one another through life's changes and forge relationships building a family in their adopted home. 

Grace, grieving over her son's partner's death from AIDS, and Hannah, grieving over a recently reopened wound, are in need of a vacation. When Amelia suggests a Caribbean cruise, it seems the perfect antidote to the winter blahs. While the ladies have found a way to accommodate one another in their own household, they find themselves getting on one another's nerves in the confined space onboard ship. The rifts create ensuing arguments once Hannah and Amelia return to Covington. 

Medlicott's novels reflect changes in American lifestyles without being heavy-handed or judgmental. Her work has been cited both in the Utne Reader and the New York Times as an example of fiction reproducing life as more and more older women are building houses together for their retirements. 

Joan Medlicott started writing the Ladies of Covington series at the age of sixty-four. She lives in Barnardsville, North Carolina with her husband.


Pam Kingsbury
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