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Making an Exit : Mother-Daughter Drama with Alzheimer's, Machine Tools, and Laughter

Making an Exit : Mother-Daughter Drama with Alzheimer's, Machine Tools, and Laughter - 05 edition

Making an Exit : Mother-Daughter Drama with Alzheimer's, Machine Tools, and Laughter - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780805080070

ISBN10: 0805080074

Making an Exit : Mother-Daughter Drama with Alzheimer
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 2005
International: No
Making an Exit : Mother-Daughter Drama with Alzheimer

ISBN13: 9780805080070

ISBN10: 0805080074

Edition: 05

Summary

At a time when such things were rare, Elinor Fuchs's mother, Lil, escaped a miserable marriage, reclaimed her maiden name, left young Elinor to be raised by grandparents, and launched a career that sprung her from the Midwest to travel the world selling automotive parts and military gear. With her stunning looks and drive for success, Lil was less a mother to love than a figure to admire-and someone from whom, once in college, Elinor determined to keep her distance.

Making an Exit is the moving account of what happens afterward, following Lil's diagnosis with Alzheimer's. As the disease progresses, both women are transformed: Elinor, with growing compassion, becomes her mother's mother; Lil, filled with new warmth, regularly uses the word "love," connecting with her daughter as never before through the poetry of her disintegrating language. With wit, wisdom, and theatrical flair, Making an Exit tells an uncommon story of a parent's decline-and a rekindled relationship. "The last ten years," writes Fuchs, "they were our best."

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