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The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving

by Robert Leleux

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Good book, loved the story of the life of his grandmother. She was a special lady. ( )
  bandpmom | Jun 5, 2015 |
Leleux's memoir of the time he spent with his grandmother both before and after Alzheimer's disease is flat-out beautiful. He's witty and wry, snarky and spiritual, loving and loved. His trenchant observations are sprinkled with poetry and classical allusions and New York sass. I loved JoAnn, I loved learning about Leleux's dysfunctional but incredible family.

I want to read his other book right away, and I hope he's writing something else soon. 4.5 stars ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Robert captures the grace, humor and love of living with his grandmother's Alzheimers disease and focuses on the message "nothing is lost" Hopeful and loving, Robert writes lyrical prose. ( )
  KayDances | Jan 27, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312621248, Hardcover)

The Living End is a tribute to an unforgettable woman, and a testimony to the way a disease can awaken an urgent desire for love and forgiveness. Told with sparkling wit and warmth, The Living End will resonate with families coping with Alzheimer's, and any reader looking for hope and inspiration.

 

Robert Leleux’s grandmother JoAnn was a steel magnolia, an elegant and devastatingly witty woman: quick-tongued, generous in her affections, but sometimes oddly indifferent to the emotions of those who most needed her. When JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d been estranged from her daughter, Robert’s mother Jessica, for decades. As her disease progressed, JoAnn lost most of her memories, but she also forgot her old wounds and anger. She became a happy, gentler person who was finally able to reach out to her daughter in what became a strangely life-affirming experience, an unexpected blessing that gave a divided family a second chance. 

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Describes the experiences of the author's family in overcoming long-standing resentments when his grandmother, after developing Alzheimer's, finally lets go of her anger and reach out to her estranged daughter.

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