Edith by Jo Barney



Edith, a disappointed old woman, doesn’t much care that her husband of forty-seven years is lying dead next to her. Her mind is on the Christmas strata she’s to bake in an hour or so. She has lived the unfinished life of any number of women in their sixties. The question she and they ask isn’t, “Is this all there is?” It’s more like, “When did I drop the reins?” Sometimes women like Edith learn that getting older offers one last chance at discovering who they really are. Scraps in her dead husband’s take her on a mission to discover the secret life he had been living. The clues lead to a lover, maybe, a prostitute, sometimes, and her son, a man of secrets also. Edith discovers herself in this search, a different woman than she’s ever imagined herself to be. 


Edith’s life suddenly takes a tragic turn. Her husband has died of a heart attack. The family drama that ensues is fascinating for sure!!

This is an in depth tale with lots of questions to be guessed. Do you really know someone, even after 40 years? 

The writing could have been a little more smooth and less choppy. But, it is a story that should not be missed! 

About the Author 

After graduating from Willamette University, Jo spent the most of next thirty years teaching, counseling, mothering, wifing and of course, writing. 


Her writing first appeared in small literary magazines and professional publications. Since retirement, she has had time to write four novels and two screenplays. The first book used her teaching life as inspiration and served as a way to leave a profession she loved. The second story focused on her then-prodigal son, the hockey player. She’s quite sure he is relieved that it has not yet been published. Her third novel, Uprush, is an intimate, almost true, story of four middle-aged women lot like her own long-time friends. Graffiti Grandma examines the life of an elderly woman and the underworld of the homeless. Her next book, tells of Edith who wakes up one morning to find she is a widow.

Website: www.jobarneywrites.com

Good Reads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5364604.Jo_Barney

Blog site:  www.breakoutnovelarace.blogspot.com   


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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to Edith by Jo Barney

  1. Intriguing! I like the sound of it 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

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