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Elizabeth Hay one of Canada's most beloved novelists has written a poignant complex and hugely resonant memoir about the shift she experienced between being her parents' daughter to their guardian and caregiverAs the daughter takes charge and the writer takes notes her mother and father are like two legendary icebergs floating south They melt into the ocean of partial painful inconsistent and funny stories that a f. I was in dangerous personal territory in fraught border country in which my parents were sliding into neediness and I was rising in power yet losing my own life All Things Consoled is esteemed Canadian novelist Elizabeth Hay s account of taking on the role as her parents primary family contact as they reached their final years Complicating this always demanding function is the difficult relationship that Hay had with her parents and as she recounts incidents from throughout her life to illustrate lingering resentments or character uirks Hay deftly assembles a work that serves as a moving memoir of herself and her family On the one hand Hay does a nice job of capturing the challenges of the lingering end of life years in which both of her suffering parents wished for the Dutch passport and on the other I was glad to see that she had enough time with both of them to come to a place of peace and forgiveness With Hay s thoughtful and polished prose this was a satisfying read

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All Things Consoled A Daughter's Memoir

E each startling characters in their own right her mother is a true skinflint who would rather serve up wormy soup twice than throw away an ancient packet of perfectly good mix; her father is a proud and well mannered man with a temper that can be explosive All Things Consoled is a startlingly beautiful memoir that addresses the exuisite agony of family the unstoppable force of dementia and the inevitability of agi. Ancient Romans used to distinguish between senectus still lively and decrepitus done for from Akin by Emma Donoghue In this memoir about her relationship with her parents specifically about their last few years Hay speaks plainly of her belief that they lived too long a sentiment they would also have echoed Their final years were marked by illness depression and her mother s dementia it was all so difficult and expensive Gordon and Jean Hay stumbled into their early nineties in an Ottawa retirement home they d moved into in early 2009 so they could be just down the road from their daughter after 40 years living in London Ontario The last straw had been her mother s knee surgery and infection after which her mind was never the same and she couldn t return to her paintingElizabeth Hay is one of four children but caregiving fell to her for one reason and another and it was bound to be a fraught task because of her parents prickly personalities Her mother could be ch

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Amily makes over time Hay's elouent memoir distills these stories into basic truths about parents and children and their efforts of understanding With her uncommon sharpness and wit Elizabeth Hay offers her insights into the peculiarities of her family's dynamics her parents' marriage sibling rivalries miscommunications that spur decades of resentment all matched by true and genuine love and devotion Her parents ar. Emotionally devastating Elizabeth Hay writes with unflinching honesty and lyrical beauty This book feels like a gift


10 thoughts on “All Things Consoled A Daughter's Memoir

  1. says:

    Beautiful truthful heartfelt memoir about Elizabeth's aging parentsElizabeth's brimful relationship at times her parents illness dementia retirement home financial realtiesand ultimately loveThe last chapters were especially

  2. says:

    “acts of love are never uncomplicated” Acclaimed Canadian novelist Elizabeth Hay has produced a beautifully written and affecting memoir about her parents’ last years In 2008 when Hay’s narrative opens the frail couple are in their late eighties and living in London Ontario a mid sized city in the southwest of the province some seven hours’ drive from the author’s Ottawa home Gordon Elizabeth’s father had been an amb

  3. says:

    I was in dangerous personal territory in fraught border country in which my parents were sliding into neediness and I was rising in power yet losing my own life All Things Consoled is esteemed Canadian novelist Elizabeth Hay's account of taking on the role as her parents' primary family contact as they reached their final years Com

  4. says:

    Emotionally devastating Elizabeth Hay writes with unflinching honesty and lyrical beauty This book feels like a gift

  5. says:

    Heart breaking personal authentic raw not an Alzheimer's book or how to guide a story of one family yet a story

  6. says:

    What a remarkable book Elizabeth Hay is a brilliant beautiful effective writer Here she takes on the most difficult subject of all the adult child and her parents in decline Agonizing So honest it is sometimes off putting freeing us all from the constraints imposed by presenting only our polite and polished selves the one

  7. says:

    so good elizabeth hay tells a difficult story with grace while this memoir will be relatable for anyone with aging parents and grandparents who are dealing with declining bodies and minds hay also includes some wonderful insights and observations around end of life care family dynamics and family history

  8. says:

    “Ancient Romans used to distinguish between senectus still lively and decrepitus done for” from Akin by Emma

  9. says:

    35 STARS This was the first time I had read a book by Canadian author Elizabeth Hay In All Things Consoled she writes about her complicated rela

  10. says:

    A tale of consolation love and coming to terms with the messiness of family as the author cares for her parents as they age Tissues are needed as Hay's says good bye to her parents and reflects on lifetimes of moments as their relationship changed as they aged and declined