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Wait Until Tomorrow: A Daughter's Memoir Paperback – April 26, 2011
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"An inspiring story of love, loss and the ravages of aging." Kirkus
"Pat MacEnulty provides an honest, searing look at how her mothera distinguished musician bursting with energy and witenters the last frontier of her life, still demanding the spotlight though its glow now comes from her talented, overworked daughter. There is urgency here: desires that can never be satisfied, illnesses that must be survived, love that pulls at the boundaries of hope and despair and yet stubbornly persists. Beautifully written, this is a poignant, necessary book!" Patricia Foster, author of All the Lost Girls
A spare, disciplined prose that no one will be able to read without thinking of Hemingway. But MacEnulty has made the style her own Every story is a new demonstration that MacEnulty has that rare ability to convince, wholly, in very few words.” The Observer
"This beautiful book about death and dying, written from the point of view of a daughter, a caregiver who was wise enough to care about her own life, is also a lively and even funny book." Kate Millet, author of Mother Millet
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Top Customer Reviews
One thing I admired about the story is Pat's brutal honesty about caregiving and aging. There's no sugarcoating of the bad days when Pat is exhausted and cranky from constant demands on her. By describing the days when she admits she is evil and mean, she gives readers permission to forgive themselves when they fall short of perfection as caaregivers.
Nor does Pat hide the degradation of age. She lays out the humilations in detail: the inability to go to the bathroom by oneself or control your bladder, the mental lapses, the need for a walker.
Despite the difficulties of her journey, Pat offers two amazing gifts born of love and gratitude to her mother. The first is having her mother's requiem performed one last time, and the second is memorializing her in this beautifully crafted book. The mother's talent as a musician is mirrored by her daughter's talent as a writer. The words, the sentences, the syntax all form a music of their own, Pat MacEnulty's requiem for her mother.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow. Just wow. I can’t even describe how much I loved this book. I was not able to put it down. The breathtaking honesty the author shows on every page and the tenderness and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Belle
This memoir is very well-written. Also, it feels real. MacEnulty made me want to re-examine my own relationship with my mother.Published on May 16, 2013 by DJ
We were so blessed to have Pat at our book club last month. Wait Until Tomorrow was compelling, honest, well written. A great selection for our club to read. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Nik Azzi
"Wait Until Tomorrow" (If You Want to Kill Yourself Today) is an engaging reading experience. Each chapter is like grabbing another chocolate chip cookie, a self-contained joyful... Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Golda Fried
This book really helped me a lot when I was going through a tough time with my elderly mother. It made me feel as though I was not alone and calmed me down a lot. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Susan L. Feldman
In this beautiful memoir, Pat MacEnulty describes what it is like to be trapped in the middle - a caretaker for both mother, and husband and child, for decades. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Elegance108
I started Pat MacEnulty's memoir Wait Until Tomorrow on a Wednesday and finished it by Friday despite my busy schedule. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Leslee
Pat MacEnulty's book, "Wait Until Tomorrow," moved me deeply, but more than that it gave me hope. Practically everyone I know is facing the dilemma of caring for their aging... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Gale Massey