A daughter recounts a mysterious and bittersweet time caring for her aging mother in this new memoir and Floating Island Publication, just released by Dog Ear Publishing. Moments of aching poignancy, stretched between uncertainty and fear, sound an ancient “umbilical chord” between daughter and mother at the end of life.
In the days before her mother dies, a daughter hears a new sound – An incoming tide. A wind rushing in from far away. Something like that, anyway. From the source of things, not the encasings. A remarkable and compelling narrative rich with insights about a topic too often avoided in our culture, “I’ll Close My Eyes (But I Won’t Be Asleep” draws the reader into an unfamiliar world where mother and daughter find themselves engulfed, alone and together in something they’d never imagined.
This extraordinary memoir details how what some people attributed to dementia, Elisa hears as discourse and uses it to guide them to the end of life. Elizabeth, 93 years old, widow, professional, and still astonishingly beautiful, suffers from decades of rheumatoid arthritis, a weakening heart, and most of all from narrow assumptions about intimacy and death. When her failing body and a series of mini-strokes leave her shaken and frightened, a new capacity for knowing, language and love emerges, and she finds what she needs to go on. Small things come into focus: a nurse, a tree, a reflection, even as time and memory sharpen and diffuse into something bigger, like the sound of the ocean encoded in the sounds of the rain.
This compassionately written memoir will resonate with readers who have nursed loved ones through their final days, those facing that reality, and anyone interested in the mysterious intimacies at the outer edges of life.
Author Elisa Adler studied at the University of California, Berkeley, Mills College and Centro de Estudios Colombo-Americanos in Bogota, Columbia. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, interpreter, laborer and translator, teaches English and Spanish in colleges and prisons in California and Nevada, and farms with her husband and daughter in the northern Sierra.
For additional information, please visit www.elisaadler.net
I’ll Close My Eyes (But I Won’t Be Asleep)
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0966-7 304 pages $14.95 US
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