Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents in, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir ($28.00). Spanning the last several years of her parents lives and told through cartoons, family photos, and documents, this is a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears. Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the lifealtering loss of elderly parents.
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chastian in their idiosyncrasies the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, this work will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books. This is her first memoir.
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