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A daughterand#8217;s longing love letter to aand#160;mother who has slipped beyond reach

Just past seventy, Alex Witcheland#8217;s smart, adoring,and#160;ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniableand#160;signs of dementia. Her smart, adoring, ultracapableand#160;daughter reacted as sheand#8217;d been raised: If somethingand#160;was broken, they would fix it. But as medical realityand#160;undid that hope, and her mother continued the torturous process of disappearing in plain sight, Witchel retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim her motherand#160;at the stove by cooking the comforting foods of herand#160;childhood: and#147;Is there any contract tighter than a family recipe?and#8221;and#160;

Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped Witchel come to terms with herand#160;predicament, the growing phenomenon of and#147;ambiguous loss and#8221;and#151; loss of a beloved one who lives on.and#160;Gradually she developed a deeper appreciation forand#160;all the ways the parent she was losing lived on in her,and#160;starting with the daily commandment and#147;Tell me everything that happened todayand#8221; that started a future reporter and writer on her way. And she was inspired toand#160;turn her experience into this frank, bittersweet, andand#160;surprisingly funny account that offers true balm forand#160;an increasingly familiar form of heartbreak.

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A daughters longing love letter to a mother who has slipped beyond reach

Just past seventy, Alex Witchels smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Her smart, adoring, ultracapable daughter reacted as shed been raised: If something was broken, they would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, and her mother continued the torturous process of disappearing in plain sight, Witchel retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim her mother at the stove by cooking the comforting foods of her childhood: “Is there any contract tighter than a family recipe?” 

Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped Witchel come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of “ambiguous loss ”— loss of a beloved one who lives on. Gradually she developed a deeper appreciation for all the ways the parent she was losing lived on in her, starting with the daily commandment “Tell me everything that happened today” that started a future reporter and writer on her way. And she was inspired to turn her experience into this frank, bittersweet, and surprisingly funny account that offers true balm for an increasingly familiar form of heartbreak.

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Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who?s known as ?the spare wife? because she?s the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful, New York couples in her elite social circle. She throws elegant dinner parties, goes to sports events with the husbands, and shops with the wives. She?s both flawlessly appropriate and coolly nonthreatening?everyone knows Ponce doesn?t have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other people?s lives?and her own?perfectly. Then Babette Seele, an ambitious, aspiring journalist, discovers that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent, very married man, and decides to break the scandal, turning Ponce?s carefully calibrated world upside down. Witchel?s sophisticated, witty, sexy satire provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and loves of upper-class New Yorkers, sharply exposing the foibles of the fabulous.

About the Author

Alex Witchel is a�staff writer for The New York�Times Magazine and�originated�the popular "Feed Me" column�for the Dining section. The author of three previous books,�she has also written for New York, Vogue, Elle, and�Ladies' Home Journal, among other publications.�She lives in New York with her husband, Frank Rich.

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9781594631856
Author:
Witchel, Alex
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
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Literary
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Biography - General
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Paperback / softback
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20131031
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
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readers guide online
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
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Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
A daughters longing love letter to a mother who has slipped beyond reach

Just past seventy, Alex Witchels smart, adoring, ultracapable mother began to exhibit undeniable signs of dementia. Her smart, adoring, ultracapable daughter reacted as shed been raised: If something was broken, they would fix it. But as medical reality undid that hope, and her mother continued the torturous process of disappearing in plain sight, Witchel retreated to the kitchen, trying to reclaim her mother at the stove by cooking the comforting foods of her childhood: “Is there any contract tighter than a family recipe?” 

Reproducing the perfect meat loaf was no panacea, but it helped Witchel come to terms with her predicament, the growing phenomenon of “ambiguous loss ”— loss of a beloved one who lives on. Gradually she developed a deeper appreciation for all the ways the parent she was losing lived on in her, starting with the daily commandment “Tell me everything that happened today” that started a future reporter and writer on her way. And she was inspired to turn her experience into this frank, bittersweet, and surprisingly funny account that offers true balm for an increasingly familiar form of heartbreak.

"Synopsis" by ,
Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who?s known as ?the spare wife? because she?s the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful, New York couples in her elite social circle. She throws elegant dinner parties, goes to sports events with the husbands, and shops with the wives. She?s both flawlessly appropriate and coolly nonthreatening?everyone knows Ponce doesn?t have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other people?s lives?and her own?perfectly. Then Babette Seele, an ambitious, aspiring journalist, discovers that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent, very married man, and decides to break the scandal, turning Ponce?s carefully calibrated world upside down. Witchel?s sophisticated, witty, sexy satire provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and loves of upper-class New Yorkers, sharply exposing the foibles of the fabulous.

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