Imperfect Endings

Imperfect Endings

A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death

Book - 2010
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Zoe Carter's busy life on the West Coast with her husband and daughters takes an unexpected detour when her glamorous, independent-minded mother, Margaret, tired of living with Parkinson's disease, decides she wants to "end things." As Zoe and her sisters negotiate over whether or not they should support Margaret's choice and who should be there at the end, their discussions stir up old alliances and animosities, along with memories of a childhood dominated by their elegant mother and philandering father. Capturing the stresses and the joys of the "sandwich generation" while bringing a provocative new perspective to the assisted suicide debate, Imperfect Endings is the uplifting story of a woman determined to die on her own terms and the family who has to learn to let her go.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439154212
Branch Call Number: 616.85844 Ca
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 25, 2014

This book is about the author's mother's decision to end her life (her mother has an irreversible degenerative medical condition). The book frustrated me, not so much because of the topic, but because of how the author described her interactions with everything in her life. She seemed both selfish and unable to set boundaries. It isn't a bad book, I just had trouble getting past that. If you're interested in end-of-life issues and physician-assisted suicide or other alternatives, then this may be worth the read to get a first-person perspective of a family member's journey.


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