MORTAL BONDS is a memoir that chronicles the difficult dying of a mother and father—and their deaths within thirteen days of each other. It is also an intimate, true account of personal struggle and transformation. Over the course of two years of helping ease his parents into the end of their lives, John Tsilimparis reconciled himself to his own traumatic past and found redemption in the most unlikely circumstance–death. By facing terminal illness in the two people he loved most, he let go of the fear, panic, and anxiety that had stunted his own life. MORTAL BONDS counterpoints the narrative of the frantic two years that follow his mother’s diagnosis and his father’s suicide attempts while probing the bizarre and tragic roots of the family’s staggering dysfunction. MORTAL BONDS is about loving and accepting difficult or impossible parents even when they have wounded you almost mortally. It’s about overcoming shame, reconciling the past and present. It’s about learning to trust life and death.