Imperfect Endings

Imperfect Endings

A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Documents the story of the emotionally charged decision by the author's mother to end her life after struggling for 20 years with a terminal illness, a choice also fraught with the legal and moral controversies associated with assisted suicide.

Simon and Schuster
• Wrenching, provocative, and surprisingly funny: After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoe’s mother decided to end her life—and asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision drags on as her mother changes her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stir up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty. Eventually there is compromise and courage and Zoe’s mother has her happy — if imperfect — ending..

• A controversial subject—assisted suicide: Zoe and her sisters struggle to accept the imminent death of their mother, circling around the same questions: Who will help her? Will they go to jail? Can they bear to let her die alone? With a doctor prescribing lethal doses of sleep medication, a visit from a member of the Hemlock Society’s “Final Exit Network,” and the temptations of overdosing on morphine, the issues and people in Imperfect Endings are at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. .

• An award-winning new voice: An acclaimed journalist, Zoe won first place in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association literary contest and was a finalist at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference for Imperfect Endings . .

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439148242
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 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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