Excerpts From A Family Medical Dictionary

Hardcover | August 19, 2003

byRebecca Brown

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Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary is an intimate, exquisite, and true account of what it is to help a parent die. After her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, former home care worker and award-winning writer Rebecca Brown cared for her mother during the last six months of her life. This spare, unsentimental book comes out of that experience. In short chapters headed by definitions of medical terms, she confronts anemia, chemotherapy, metastasis, cremation. Brown’s is a poignant and unflinching story of how one family coped with loss and learned about the longevity of love.

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Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary is an intimate, exquisite, and true account of what it is to help a parent die. After her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, former home care worker and award-winning writer Rebecca Brown cared for her mother during the last six months of her life. This spare, unsentimental book comes o...

Rebecca Brown is the author of seven novels, including The End of Youth, The Terrible Girls, and What Keeps Me Here, and her short stories are widely anthologized. Her novel The Gifts of the Body won a Lambda Literary Award and has been translated into several languages. Brown divides her time between Seattle and Vermont, where she is ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 10.5 × 6.5 × 0.6 inPublished:August 19, 2003Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299189708

ISBN - 13:9780299189709

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“The way family crisis brings family memory into play; the way timing and delivery have a crucial role in how medical information is absorbed by family members; the way generational role-reversal introduces an element of make-believe into an all-too-real situation--Brown captures it all, with special attention to the unexpected episodes (hat selection, waiting room encounters) that make minutae loom large in any medical ordeal...the reader is simply carried forward toward a conclusion that both devastates emotionally and lays open the fragile nature of the flesh.”--The Seattle Times