by Susan Sheehan

Houghton Mifflin; 158 pages; $15.95

Kate Quinton is 80, and has lived most of her life as a sturdy, hard working, house-proud member of the lower middle class in Brooklyn. Crippled by arthritis and suffering from several other ailments, she is about to be packed off to a nursing home, a dread prison from which 75% of those who enter never emerge. Kate Quinton's Days, first published in The New Yorker, is the true story of the efforts, made largely by Claire, her partially disabled daughter, and some dedicated social...

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