Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? : A Memoir
by Roz Chast
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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1 New York Times best-seller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In her first memoir, cartoonist for New Yorker Roz Chast brings her signature spirit about their aging parentsCovering the last years of their life and told through four-colour cartoons, family photos and documents, and a story as if laughing as it is with tears, Chast’s memory is both comic comfort and relief for someone’s experience of life altering the loss of their elderly parents.When it came to his old mother and father’s father, Roz took place at denial practices, avoidance and distractionBut when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old memory of the “crazy closet” – with predictable results, the tools that served Roz well through her parents of the seventies, eighties, and in their early nineties that could not be deployed any moreAlthough the details are Chast-ian in their peculiarities–a anxious father who relied heavily on his wife for the stability he slipped into dementia and a former deputy director of the mother whose personality dominator had sidelined Roz for decades–the themes are universal: adult children to accept a parental role; aging and unstable parents who leave the family home for an institution; deal with the evil of the family home.An astonishing portrait of two lives at their end and only one child to face as best she can, Cannot Talk About Anything More Pleasant will showcase the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as a cartoonist and storyteller.
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