Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The long hello: Memory, my mother, and me

The long hello: Memory, my mother, and me is a 236-page memoir from a daughter who spent seven years caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. The book is beautifully written with heart-wrenching passages, that are painful to read and uplifting at the same time. Although haunting, the prose is, at times, almost lyrical.

In short excerpts, we get a glimpse into the life of a woman caring for her mother who doesn't always remember who she is. We are privy to Borrie's memories of growing up with a distant, alcoholic father as well as learning about her beloved only brother's brutal death at a very young age. Interspersed with her mother's increasingly random conversations, the story of the author's past gets told in a halting progression through the crushing anxiety of watching her mother's deterioration to Borrie's eventual acceptance of her mother's passing.

Interested? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu to check it out or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

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