Many of us in our `middle ages` are dealing with aging parents in various stages of decline. Roz Chast, the writer and New Yorker cartoonist, uses the graphic novel format to document her journey through this challenging time in her memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
From first noticing that things seem to be `falling apart`, to realizing that she must take control of the uncontrollable, and then on through moving her parents into care, and experiencing their passing, Chast weaves her story with humour, grace, and brutal honesty.
The most important messages I took from this endearing memoir are that:
- we are not alone,
- having a sense of humour is a survival skill, and,
- in the midst of complicated family relationships and challenging situations there is still, always, love.
(Submitted by KS).