All Things Consoled

All Things Consoled

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Synopsis

Winner of the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Award for Non-fiction

A poignant, complex and hugely resonant memoir about the shift from being a daughter to a guardian and caregiver, by a prizewinning author.

"A tour de force. I am in awe of the sheer skill of this writing, the poignant truth of the smallest detail, the complexity of Hay's understanding, and the potential this book has to change the way we see families and in our place inside them" RACHEL JOYCE, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


From Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada's most celebrated novelists, comes a startling and beautiful memoir about the drama of her parents' end, and the longer drama of being their daughter.

Jean and Gordon Hay were a formidable pair. She was an artist and superlatively frugal; he was a proud and principled schoolteacher with an explosive temper. Elizabeth, the so-called difficult child, always suspected she would end up caring for them in their final years, in part to atone for her childhood sins.

Philip Roth once said, "Old age is a massacre". All Things Consoled takes you inside the massacre as Hay's ferociously independent parents become increasingly dependent on her.

With remarkable wit and honesty, Hay lays bare the agony of a family coping as old age turns into the tragedy of living too long. In the end she arrives at a more nuanced understanding of her mother and father, and of herself as their daughter. They were and remain the two vivid giants in her life.

About the Publisher

MacLehose Press

MacLehose Press

The MacLehose Press is devoted to the translation of literature and crime fiction into English, and to the publication of a very few outstanding writers in English. This press has broken new ground with the bestselling success of the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson and with many other critically acclaimed books including translations from Italian, Spanish, Polish, Icelandic, French, and Arabic.

Book information

ISBN: 9780857059130
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Imprint: MacLehose Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 184g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 23mm