"This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one." Maya Angelou
Every eldercare situation is different but the emotions and decisions that need to be made are similar. WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER, a memoir bestseller, has proven to be a you'll-laugh-you'll-cry story that has helped others navigate their own present or future "long goodbye" with an elderly loved one as well as the complex family issues that arise. Even those who have already lost a loved one have felt a cathartic release and clarity.
The story is this: Who would think a die-hard New Yorker caring for a declining, doll-collecting, hoarder, estranged mother in the Bible Belt would turn into the adventure of a lifetime? Throw in bingo playing drag queens, long-standing family feuds and unresolved guilt in every direction. In the end, Jo finds that love blooms and laughter erupts in the most unlikely of situations. Don't dread it. Embrace it!
"My intention in writing this book was to address what helpful books like THE 36-HOUR DAY cover but in a hard-to-put-down story. It warms my heart to see reader reviews echo this. My editor, who was in her thirties when she acquired it, called it 'a misfit memoir and a great family saga.' I heartily agree." - Jo Maeder
The eBook and paperback editions include bonus material such as caregiving tips, discussion questions, an author Q&A and more.