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When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician," saying, "hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay." In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss.

With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death, offering sympathy as they clamor for attention. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The mundane and spiritual melt together as Romm reveals the sharp truths that lurk around every corner and captures, with great passion, the awe, fear, and fury of a daughter losing her mother.

The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

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From the critically acclaimed author of "The Mother Garden" comes a stirring and intimate memoir about the three weeks before her mother's death.

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A profound, brave and intensely intimate memoir that reveals the awe, fear, and fury of a daughter during the last three weeks of her mother's life.

About the Author

Robin Romm is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Mother Garden, which was a finalist for the 2008 PEN USA Fiction Award. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, she currently lives in Berkeley, California, and New Mexico, where she is assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the College of Santa Fe.

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Lisa in N Portland, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa in N Portland)
This is a book of truth: one woman's truth of her family, especially her life with her mother, and the truth of death (and life) in our world. It is breathtaking in the honesty that Robin Romm conveys in every page. It is funny and heartbreaking and deeply profound and sad. Robin Romm's story stays with me months after I finished her book.
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ISBN:
9781416567929
Author:
Romm, Robin
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , From the critically acclaimed author of "The Mother Garden" comes a stirring and intimate memoir about the three weeks before her mother's death.
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