Mike Robertson’s turning 100 and, in the comfort of Shady Acres, he decides it’s time to roll back the effects of aging. No more dentures, no more walker, and maybe a little flirting with McKenzie, the nurse who has helped him for years. Thus begins Shady Acres, a series of connected short stories in which Mike is the thread weaving through the tales of the residents, workers and family who spend their time at Shady Acres. It’s a heartwarming and heartwrenching look at the lives and deaths of a group of residents of a convalescent home.
Ten more stories fill out this collection, including Who Is Maureen Nesbitt?, a humorous look at where technology is headed; A Warm Body, an end of the world tale; and Getting Through the Night, a story that plumbs the depths of fatherly love and despair.