Saving Grandma: A Novel

Saving Grandma: A Novel

by Frank Schaeffer


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This final entry in the Calvin Becker trilogy continues the story of an utterly unpredictable family—filled with the same wit, warmth, and flashing insight that earned widespread acclaim for Portofino and Zermatt. Calvin Becker's family have survived and persisted as Bible-thumping missionaries; it's their duty to spread the Word to everyone they meet. But now, having weathered a crisis precipitated by the godless Swiss, they face an even greater spiritual challenge right in their own home: Grandma. Foulmouthed, foul-tempered, and heathen through and through, she's staying in the spare room, recuperating from a broken hip—and making it next to impossible for the Beckers to do the Lord's work. Calvin's pious mom is determined to save Grandma's soul, even if she's doing it through gritted teeth and deadly measures. His father's spending more and more time in his room, blasting opera to drown out the old lady's voice. And Calvin wishes things would just get back to normal so they can go on vacation and he can get close to the girl he loves. But then Calvin starts to understand Grandma a little better and appreciate her a little more. After all, misery loves company.

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ISBN-13: 9780786713912
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/09/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.87(d)

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Saving Grandma 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JeffreyAlanPrice More than 1 year ago
Frank's story about Calvin's (Calvino) Grandma was gut wrenching humor. I read outloud and laughed until tears welled up in my eyes! We all have a "Grandma" just like the character in, Saving Grandma". It's these individuals in our lives who truly redeem us and take us on the road to salvation. As I age, I find myself drawn to the honesty and directness of characters in the likes of Mr. Schaeffer's Grandma. This is a genuine excellent read, easily on par with Catcher in the Rye. We need more of tales such as these in our libraries and bookstores.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Portofino and thought there could not be a better book than that one but this was. I hope Frank writes many more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Saving Grandma after I read Frank schaeffer's other outstanding book, Portofino. If anything Saving is an even better book. It is not only one of the funniest reads ever but as a man, now mid-forties, I can honestly say it is one of the only accurate books I've ever read on male sexuality as it develops in the transition from child to adolecent. Like Portofino Saving grows out of the thexperience of growing up in a religious family. but the truths of this witty book must apply to just about everyone. It is a real masterpiece.