Zoe Carter’s busy life on the West Coast with her husband and daughters takes an unexpected detour when her glamorous, independent-minded mother, Margaret, tired of living with Parkinson’s disease, decides she wants to “end things.” As Zoe and her sisters negotiate over whether or not they should support Margaret’s choice and who should be there at the end, their discussions stir up old alliances and animosities, along with memories of a childhood dominated by their elegant mother and philandering father. Capturing the stresses and the joys of the “sandwich generation” while bringing a provocative new perspective to the assisted suicide debate, Imperfect Endings is the uplifting story of a woman determined to die on her own terms and the family who has to learn to let her go.
This was a sad story of a mother not wanting to live anymore after years of suffering with Parkinson's disease. She really must get the support from her daughters to do this. They want to respect her wishes, but find it very hard to let her go. It definitely takes a toll on everyone, and in the end their mother made the decision and they did respect it. This was a true story and an eye-opening one. As the family went back in time to the mother's childhood and how she was brought up, they realized her life wasn't perfect. She did her best with her own family through many hard times, and they probably loved her more for it.
Overall, this very sad story brought many fears and anxieties to the surface and the thought of dying, not in the natural way, was brought to the forefront. I liked the book for it's honesty, even though it was a very hard subject to discuss.
Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go by Zoe FitzGerald Carter is available for $15.00 at Amazon.com and ZoeFitzGeraldCarter.com.
A review copy was obtained through Simon & Schuster.
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