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The Mercy Papers


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Romm (The Mother Garden) initially intended this book as a journal of the three weeks leading up to her mother's death from breast cancer, a disease with which she'd been living for nine years. In flashbacks, Romm recalls their relationship with humor and honesty. Yet the underlying tone is one of anger-she expresses desperately wanting to hold onto her mother and, in a departure from most literature about death, resists comfortable platitudes about closure. Narrator Ann Marie Lee (An Acceptable Time) avoids any sentimentality as she conveys the angst of a young woman losing her mother. For listeners not put off by a bold and courageous look at death and dying. [Embeddable audio clip available through library.booksontape.com; the Scribner hc received a starred review, LJ 3/1/09.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Romm's piercing and personal look at loss will speak to anyone who has coped or is coping with the death of a loved one."-- "Booklist"

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