The End of Eve: A Memoir

Paperback | March 11, 2014

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.'

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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 go...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.93 × 5.66 × 0.51 inPublished:March 11, 2014Publisher:Hawthorne BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0986000795

ISBN - 13:9780986000799

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Praise forThe End of Eve Ariel 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-Kinney Hip Mama Magazine It's the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart. - The New Yorker Hip Mama is considered one of the best zines out there. - San Francisco Chronicle Fun and irreverent. - USA Today Ariel 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 Reader How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead One of the snappiest, most useful books a writer for hire is likely to read. - David Pitt ,Booklist Atlas of the Human Heart Oregon 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-Kinney Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness Thoughtful, funny, and inspiring, Gore is a down-to-earth guide to theelusive human quest for happiness. - June Sawyers ,Booklist The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show Booksense 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 Weekly A bold and imaginative story. - Michelle Tea , author ofRose of No Man's Land Breeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers Forget 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 Savage The Mother Trip: Hip Mama's Guide to Staying Sane in the Chaos of Motherhood Gore 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 Relationships Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City As 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