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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and beautiful., May 3, 2011
This review is from: The Long Goodbye: A memoir (Hardcover)
This memoir is an elegantly handled piece of prose on the most difficult of subjects. Laying herself bare, the author reveals her journey through her mother's illness and passing. She is quite candid about her lack of tools to properly deal with the process, and in so doing reveals the type of vulnerability that is rare to find, yet lurks within everyone. It is this aspect of the piece that makes it universally resonant, for who among us is truly prepared to lose their mother? Through poignant and often delightful memories and stories, some very direct musings on her self-consciousness, as well as more poetic approaches to the emotional landscape, Ms. O'Rourke uses all the tools at her disposal to share with us a beautiful retelling of her attempt to find a way through.
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