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  • ISBN: 1982178930
  • ISBN: 9781982178932
  • Physical Description: 199 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2022.

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"Acclaimed novelist Brian Morton delivers a moving, darkly funny memoir of his mother's vibrant life and the many ways in which their tight but turbulent relationship was refashioned in her twilight years. Tasha Morton is a force of nature: a brilliant educator who's left her mark on generations of students -- and also a whirlwind of a mother: intrusive, chaotic, oppressively devoted and irrepressible. For decades, her son, Brian, has kept her at a self-protective distance, but when her health begins to fail, he knows it's time to assume responsibility for her care. Even so, he's not prepared for what awaits him, as her refusal to accept her own fragility leads to a series of epic outbursts and altercations that are sometimes frightening, sometimes wildly comic, and sometimes both. Clear-eyed, loving and brimming with dark humor, Tasha is both a vivid account of an unforgettable woman and a stark look at the impossible task of caring for an elderly parent in a country whose unofficial motto is "you're on your own." Turning his novelist's eye on his own life, Brian Morton lays bare the treacherous business at the heart of every family -- the business of trying to honor ourselves without forsaking our parents, and our parents , and our parents without forsaking ourselves." - jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    At a certain point in most people's lives, the parent and the child switch roles, whether due to disease, injury, or just plain aging. It becomes the child's responsibility to keep parents housed, fed, entertained, and safe, a duty that comes with baggage. Even good relationships are challenged when aging parents insist on driving when they can't really see or living alone despite a series of falls. Morton's mother, Tasha, was a gifted teacher and outspoken supporter of education, but Morton was never sure where he fit into her life. In their final time together, he tries to understand a woman who remains feisty while losing herself to dementia. Morton has an appealing style and shares his challenges (including finding a welcoming nursing home and spying on the home health worker Tasha claims verbally abuses her) with a dose of humor and self-deprecation. He's also honest about his hesitancy to bring his mother into his own home and his own feelings of inadequacy. This is a personal story, but anyone facing the same challenges will be nodding along in agreement. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Brian Morton is the author of five novels, including Starting Out in the Evening and Florence Gordon. He has been a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Koret Jewish Book Award, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Kirkus Prize in Fiction. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.

Subject: Morton, Brian, 1955- > Family.
Mothers and sons.
Aging parents.
Genre: Autobiography

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