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Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go Paperback – 8 March 2011

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (8 March 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1439148317
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1439148310
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.78 x 21.43 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

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"A poignant memoir."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"An engaging and insightful tale of familial love, understanding, and forgiveness, shot through with a surprising amount of wit."--"The Boston Globe"

"Carter coaxes beauty from the bleak in this book about the months after Margaret, who has Parkinson's, tells her three girls she plans to 'end things' and wants them to be there when she does. Ultimately, in losing her, Carter finds a mother she never thought she'd know." --"People"

"Carter's memoir about her terminally ill mother's decision to end her own life becomes a bittersweet tale of how Carter and her sisters coped with their mother's botched efforts, their own sibling rivalries, the ongoing controversy over assisted suicide, and the hard, final task of acceptance.""--Elle"

"First-time memoirist Carter comes close to perfection in this chronicle of her mother's quest to orchestrate her own assisted suicide. . . .With surprising humor and sensitivity, Carter presents the struggle to come to terms with mortality and family dynamics.""--Library Journal "(starred review)

"I could quote from the book all day. . . but instead I'll just recommend that those intrigued by the subject spend a little time with the ailing but ferocious Margaret and her daughters. A decision to die can sound romantic or it can sound repugnant. Carter shows us what it was like in reality."--Paula Span, "The New York Times.com"

"I love this book! Zoe Carter has taken what could be a very sad story and turned it into something beautiful and incredibly insightful. Her portrayal of her mother is wonderful, and reveals in moving and illuminating detail a slice of Washington life." --Kate Lehrer, author of "Confessions of a Bigamist: A Novel"

"In her wise and moving memoir, journalist Zoe Carter tackles a difficult subject -- her mother's decision to end her own life after years of severe illness. Under what circumstances can her family make peace with this choice? Many of us will find ourselves facing this kind of dilemma as our parents move towards death, and I cannot imagine a better guide than this thoughtful, compassionate book." --Julie Metz, author of "Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal"

"The questions that rise from her story are urgent, important and timely...sharply focused, engaged with essential ethical questions...the end of the book is so full of grace and acceptance that one might forget the memoir began with such urgent, roaring questions."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Zoe Carter is a luminous writer with a dramatic story to tell. With wisdom, poetry and dark humor, Zoe describes her ailing mother's courageous decision to end her life. In years to come, plenty of sons and daughters will face the same moral and practical dilemmas as Zoe's family; Imperfect Endings, with its wit and love, will provide an invaluable resource, as well as remain a fascinating, fabulously compelling read." --Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of "She's Not There" and "I'm Looking Through You"

About the Author

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and has written for numerous publications including New York magazine, The New York Observer, Premiere, and various national magazines. Imperfect Endings is her first memoir. It won first place in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's literary contest and was a finalist at The San Francisco Writer's Conference. Zoe lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

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Tommy T.
5.0 out of 5 stars All of our mothers will die. We all should read this book.
Reviewed in the United States on 14 September 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Wanted "Death with Dignity"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death (Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone must get this book into the hands of Ron Howard or Penny Marshall, stat!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read on a difficult topic
Reviewed in the United States on 12 March 2010
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