Aspirations and achievement mark the story of this semi-retired grandmother who succumbed to her tropical island complex,...

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GRANDMA RAISED THE ROOF

Aspirations and achievement mark the story of this semi-retired grandmother who succumbed to her tropical island complex, bought beach land on St. John, one of the Virgin Islands (50 miles east of Puerto Rico) and built a house. Renting ""Sand Fly Villa"" to live in, she soon learned she was architect, contractor, and builder, found out many things about donkeys and local workmen, and gained her knowledge through many irritating and frustrating experiences. Her paradise had moments of being sheer hell, as shipments, laborers, material, time -- and money behaved most uncooperatively; her time out for work in New York City was always shadowed by the needs and crises at Island Fancy but the day did come when water, electricity and the building became a fact. A three years accounting, this looks back on satisfactory as well as wretched happenings, abides with her decision to ""let my heirs walk"", and provides competent and emphatic make-do.

Pub Date: Jan. 17, 1954

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Publisher: Crowell

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1954