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Walking the Night Road
Author: Alexandra Butler

ISBN: 9780231167536
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 16 June 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 1.3
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The house looked as if she'd brushed it over with a hurried hand. Things were open--drawers, cans, and closets. A pile of newspapers fanned out across the floor by the front door, and still I did not wonder. She must have dropped them as she ran, I thought. My mother was often late. But had I stopped to look, I would have seen the fear in the way the house had settled--a footstool that lay on its side, several books that had fallen from their shelves. When you count back, you can see a story from the end. I like that--the seemingly natural narrative that forms this way. With the end in my hand, the story becomes mine. I can have it all make sense, or I can lose my mind like she lost hers--like I lost her. But I can have my story.

Walking the Night Road speaks to the experience of caring for a loved one with a terminal illness and the difficulties of encountering death. Alexandra Butler, daughter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning gerontologist Robert N. Butler and respected social worker and psychotherapist Myrna Lewis, composes a lyrical yet unsparing portrait of caring for her mother during her sudden, quick decline from brain c...

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