The End of Eve: A Memoir by Ariel Gore

The End of Eve: A Memoir

byAriel Gore

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At age 39, Ariel Gore has everything she's always wanted: a successful writing career, a long-term partnership, a beautiful if tiny home, a daughter in college and a son in preschool. But life's happy endings don't always last. If it's not one thing, after all, it's your mother. Her name is Eve. Her epic temper tantrums have already gotten her banned from three cab companies in Portland. And she's here to announce that she's dying. 'Pitifully, Ariel,' she sighs. 'You're all I have.' Ariel doesn't want to take care of her crazy dying mother, but she knows she will. It's the right thing to do, isn't it? And, anyway, how long could it go on? 'Don't worry,' Eve says. 'If I'm ever a burden, I'll just blow my brains out.' Amidst the chaos of clowns and hospice workers, pie and too much whiskey, Ariel's own ten-year relationship begins to unravel. Darkly humorous and intimately human,The End of Eve redefines the meaning of family and everything we've ever been taught to call 'love.' At age 39, Ariel Gore has everything she's always wanted: a successful writing career, a long-term partnership, a beautiful if tiny home, a daughter in college and a son in preschool. But life's happy endings don't always last. If it's not one thing, after all, it's your mother. Her name is Eve. Her epic temper tantrums have already gotten her banned from three cab companies in Portland. And she's here to announce that she's dying. 'Pitifully, Ariel,' she sighs. 'You're all I have.' Ariel doesn't want to take care of her crazy dying mother, but she knows she will. It's the right thing to do, isn't it? And, anyway, how long could it go on? 'Don't worry,' Eve says. 'If I'm ever a burden, I'll just blow my brains out.' Amidst the chaos of clowns and hospice workers, pie and too much whiskey, Ariel's own ten-year relationship begins to unravel. Darkly humorous and intimately human,The End of Eve redefines the meaning of family and everything we've ever been taught to call 'love.'

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Ariel Gore is the publisher ofHip Mama Magazine. Her books includeBluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness;How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead;The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show;Atlas of the Human Heart; andThe Hip Mama's Survival Guide. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.
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Title:The End of Eve: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.93 × 5.66 × 0.51 inPublished:March 21, 2014Publisher:Hawthorne BooksLanguage:English

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Praise forThe End of EveBy turns tender and heartbreaking, Gore's book is a brave, thoroughly authentic journey to the center of the human heart. Wickedly sharp reading filled to bursting with compassion, rage, pain and wit.-Kirkus Reviews, Starred ReviewGore's mantra of Behave in a way you're going to be proud of" guided her well during her mother's seemingly unending final illness but also in the writing of this book.-Therese Nielsen, Library JournalAriel Gore has changed my mind twice before, on motherhood and happiness- now she's stunned me thrice. This is the story of the world's most startlingly insane, beautiful mother who was supposed to die in one year- but nearly killed her entire family and staff before she was through. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll need a bucket. Don't die- or surrender!- before you read her tale.-Susie Bright,Mommy's Little Girl: Susie Bright on Sex, Motherhood, Pornography, and Cherry PiDorothy Parker famously said 'there are no happy endings,' but Ariel Gore's sweet, tough, elegant account of her mother's last days is absurdly happy-if happy means inhabiting life in all its mess, distress, beauty and occasional hilarity. A near-perfect gem.-Karen Karbo,Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring LifeThe depth of insight ofThe End of Eve often took my breath away. Not to mention its drop-dead humor, the sadness, and the rage. Ariel Gore's memoir is in its essence a how to book. In the face of death, our grief, how to breathe, how to be brave, how to be funny, how to be authentic. How to make it through. But most of all: tenderness - how Ariel puts human tenderness on the page is an act of poetry damn close to sublime.-Tom Spanbauer,In The City of Shy HuntersAriel Gore takes some of the heaviest life work - caring for a difficult, terminally ill parent - and somehow through her writing transforms it into a funny, interesting, moving experience. Her work is like origami in that way - capable of changing one solid thing into something entirely different, and beautiful, because of the way she looks at the world. Totally unique, and very inspiring. - Corin Tucker, Sleater-KinneyGore is a brave writer who does not flinch at baring herself even when she is behaving badly. She can take the perils of lifelong grief and transform them into a swan song you hope never ends.-Emily Grosvenor,Eugene MagazineIf Cheryl Strayed'sWild was a grungier version of that original 21st century woman's-quest-for-self-actualization-in-far-off places,Eat, Pray, Love (with less cash, more blisters), then Ariel Gore'sThe End of Eveis a more Portland version ofWild (more tattoos; road trips in trailers; a cornucopia of naturopaths, hipsters, even a feminist boyfriend with a PhD in Anais Nin)? To say I loved this memoir avoids admitting an embarrassing cliche: Once I picked up this book, I literally could not put it down. Written while the wound of loss was still fresh, the rawness of this memoir sets it apart from others in the genre? Transcending blame, Gore shifts the paradigm that usually dominates grief memoirs, charting a courageous course through a different type of sorrow: mourning for the parent who couldn't, wouldn't love her enough.-Wayne Scott,The OregonianA darkly humorous mother-daughter memoir ? Gore never wavers into self-pity.-Meredith May,The San Francisco ChronicleFar from being morose, though, this is a darkly humorous and at times even insanely cheerful account, launched by her mother's nonchalant announcement that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer. [P]artTerms of Endearment, partGrey Gardens, and partWhatever Happened to Baby Jane? Altogether, a quiet, funny, unsentimental portrait of caregiving and bearing witness.-June Sawyers,BooklistThe memoir is in the running for my favorite book of the year. It is gut-wrenching to read and bear witness to this period in the author's life, but by the end, the reader has been given a hard-won gift in this beautifully written book. A worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf.-Jillian L. Schweitzer,AtlasWonders Behave in a way you're going to be proud of, she writes on her wrist. The simple agency of this moment - a human being trying to be good - feels universally poignant and almost heartbreakingly endearing.-Nishida Mehra,Trope MagazineThe End of Eve was accomplished by an experienced journalist and writer across genre - her prose is both eloquent and spare. Gore is an expert at plunging into the sensory specifics of a narrative moment and staying only long enough for the characters to have a compelling exchange - plus, she never wastes a detail of description that doesn't resonate on a larger thematic level.-Alison Barker,The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe End of Eve is more than a memoir; it is a new Bible of sorts, a book we can turn to when things get thick.-Sarah Maria Medina,Bitch MediaThis is a remarkable balancing act between boundaries and compassion, between self-protection and self-giving. With the help of richly dark humor and hard work, Ariel Gore maintains her poise and outlasts the demon. Barely. Read this book. It's all about living in the mess with grace. It's a lesson in courage.-Richard HaddawayThe End Of Eve: A Memoir is the perfect antidote to Mother's Day. As a memoirist, Ariel Gore is gifted: she is able to tell a heartbreaking story of illness and betrayal with the perfect mix of respect, humor and irreverence.-Jessica Wakeman,The FriskyAn incredibly honest and genuine voice.The memoir explores all the complex and at times contradictory emotions that make up relationships - love, anger, jealousy, joy, hopelessness. The prose is tender and candid, and very often darkly funny.-Caroline Diezyn,Offbeat Home & LifeIf I had to pick a must-read book of the year so far, it would be this book.The End of Eve is approachable, witty, and beautiful, with an underlying tough-as-fucking-nails attitude that leads you into dazzling spaces and dark corners without a second's warning. The intersection of gorgeous, thoughtful writing and an immediately-compelling story put it high up on my list of books to recommend to just about anybody. Read it, okay?-Susie Rodarme,Insatiable BookslutsGore has such well-honed storytelling skills that she pares away the unnecessary until all that remains is a spare, exposed and beautiful story.-Rebecca Fish Ewan,BrevityHip Mama MagazineIt's the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart. - The New YorkerHip Mama is considered one of the best zines out there. - San Francisco ChronicleFun and irreverent. - USA TodayAriel Gore's transformation from globetrotting teenager to the hippestof mamas reads like a movie script about a Gen-X slacker following herbliss to unlikely success. - Utne ReaderHow to Become a Famous Writer Before You're DeadOne of the snappiest, most useful books a writer for hire is likely to read. - David Pitt,BooklistAtlas of the Human HeartOregon Book Award finalistGore's adventures make absorbing reading. - Beth Leistensnider,BooklistA terrific and important book. Ariel Gore rips through the culturalwasteland of the 1980s with fierce desire and female angst, taking us ona wild ride. Impossible to put down. - Corin Tucker, Sleater-KinneyBluebird: Women and the New Psychology of HappinessThoughtful, funny, and inspiring, Gore is a down-to-earth guide to theelusive human quest for happiness. - June Sawyers,BooklistThe Traveling Death and Resurrection ShowBooksense pickThis novel is a miracle ? deliciously subversive and deeply spiritual. - Gayle Brandeis, author ofFruitflesh and The Book of Dead BirdsAn affecting tale about the search for home, connection, and authenticity. - Christopher Castellani, author ofThe Saint of Lost ThingsPiercing and insightful, Gore's first novel limns one woman's complicatedrelationship with her religion and her personal faith. - Kristine Huntley,BooklistWith a dash of mysticism mixed with the underground freak show scene,Ariel Gore creates a fascinating, inventive, and modern odyssey. - Beth Lisick, author ofEverybody in the PoolPunctuating the narrative with stories of the saints, Gore depictsFrankka's religious reawakening with both irreverence and respect fortradition and faith. - Publishers WeeklyA bold and imaginative story. - Michelle Tea, author ofRose of No Man's LandBreeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of MothersForget books that drone on about what is considered 'normal.' Scrap guides and articles that tell you how it's done? - Spike Gillespie, author ofAll the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy: A MemoirThe women who gathered in my mother's kitchen when I was a child weren't free. The women whose voices are gathered in this remarkable collection are ? and that's a difference worth celebrating and a development that must be documented. - Dan Savage, author ofAmerican SavageThe Mother Trip: Hip Mama's Guide to Staying Sane in the Chaos of MotherhoodGore knows that motherhood is isolating, heartbreaking, and delightful,and she's not afraid to say so. - Linda Beck,Library JournalAriel Gore is a brave, wise, and absolutely original voice on the subject ofmothering. - Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author ofThe Dance of Anger: A Woman'sGuide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate RelationshipsPortland Queer: Tales of the Rose CityAs rough-hewn and gorgeous as the city that inspired it, this anthologybreaks queer ground as it shows us that everywhere is Portland but Portland is its own special place, home to queers seeking and finding home, from the city itself to each others arms. - Daphne Gottlieb, author ofKissing Dead Girls"