“This marvelous novel is emotionally stirring and hilarious on virtually every page. How does Cathleen Schine know everything about everything? Her observations about family life, friendship, loss, aging, dignity, indignity, and the attachments we miraculously make that never seem to unattach are profound and rewarding. I already miss living in the world of this special and winning book.”

--Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings


“Cathleen Schine has written an entirely different kind of coming-of-age novel. This is not how a twentysomething becomes a thirtysomething. It’s about how people making the difficult and at times scary journey into old age figure how to live. And it’s about people who surround them – with love, anxiety, resentment, and sometimes complete misunderstanding. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a great read: empathetic, and also very, very funny.”

-- Roz Chast, author of Can’t We Talk About SomethingMore Pleasant?