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They Left Us Everything By Plum Johnson © 2016 Putnam

Your grandmother’s jewelry will be yours someday.

You’ve known that since you were small, and were caught playing with them. Someday, you were told, you’d be the proud owner of a necklace, pins, rings and other pretties bequeathed.

But in the new memoir “They Left Us Everything” by Plum Johnson, some things are simply not treasured.

I don’t frequent the town where my uncle’s funeral took place so I totally missed my grandmother’s old home when the funeral procession passed by on the way to the cemetery.

I felt bad when my cousin told me. I’d recognized the hill but I was looking at the wrong side of the road, while driving – all the while fearing I would get cut off or lost on the way.

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