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Intimately exploring the complex dynamics of a complicated mother-daughter relationship, this sharp and honest memoir tells the story of a woman who is forced to begin asking some of life's difficult questions--such as to what extent are people's lives determined by their genetic heritage?--when her mother is diagnosed with a serious brain tumor that must be operated on immediately. While biding the dreadful passage of time in the hospital waiting room, Gabrielle Carey begins to realize how much her mother has left untold, how many questions she still wants to ask her, and how little time there is left for the answers. Amid organizing appointments, looking after her own children, and battling her mother's stubbornly principled idea that she should be left to die, Gabrielle begins to voice the unasked, attempting to discover the mother she has lived with all her life but never truly known and ultimately uncovering just how much her family stands to gain when they let each other in.
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About the Author

Gabrielle Carey teaches writing at the University of Technology in Sydney. She is the author of The Borrowed Girl, In My Father's House, The Penguin Book of Death, Puberty Blues, and So Many Selves.

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"A wise, sorrowful, and graceful work. At once exquisitely tender and beautifully written, it tracks a mother's illness and decline within the precious complexity of family relations, reminding us that some forms of writing are also forms of love." --Gail Jones, author, Sixty Lights "A moving tribute to a mother's life, one of loss and disappointment, sacrifice, and silence . . . but also one of immense dignity and resilience." --Debra Adelaide, author, The Household Guide to Dying

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