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A Long Goodbye

A Long Goodbye (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Davis, Patti

Ronald Reagan's daughter writes with a moving openness about losing her father to Alzheimer's disease. The simplicity with which she reveals the intensity, the rush, the flow of her feelings encompasses all the surprises and complexities that ambush us when death gradually, unsto...ppably invades life. In The Long Goodbye, Patti Davis describes losing her father to Alzheimer's disease, saying goodbye in stages, helpless against the onslaught of a disease that steals what is most precious-a person's memory. Alzheimer's, she writes, snips away at the threads, a slow unraveling, a steady retreat; as a witness all you can do is watch, cry, and whisper a soft stream of goodbyes. She writes of needing to be reunited at forty-two with her mother ( she had wept as much as I over our long, embittered war ), of regaining what they had spent decades demolishing; a truce was necessary to bring together a splintered family, a few weeks before her father released his letter telling the country and the world of his illness . . . The author delves into her memories to touch her father again, to hear his voice, to keep alive the years she had with him. She writes as if past and present were coming together, of her memories as a child, holding her father's hand, and as a young woman whose hand is being given away in marriage by her father . . . of her father teaching her to ride a bicycle, of the moment when he let her go and she went off on her own . . . of his teaching her the difference between a hawk and a buzzard . . . of the family summer vacations at a rented beach house-each of them tan, her father looking like the athlete he was, with a swimmer's broad shoulders and leantorso. . . . She writes of how her father never resisted solitude, in fact was born for it, of that strange reserve that made people reach for him. . . . She recalls him sitting at his desk, writing, staring out the window . . . and she writes about the toll of the disease itself, the look in her father's eyes, and her efforts to reel him back to her. Moving . . . honest . . . an illuminating portrait of grief, of a man, a disease, and a woman and her father.
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ISBN 9780679450924
Published AU 1 May 2005
Publisher Random House
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780679450924
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Random House
Imprint Knopf Australia
Published 1 May 2005
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Davis, Patti
Category Modern Fiction
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
American History
Political Leaders & Leadership
Diseases & Disorders
Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology
Neurosurgery
Australian
Number of Pages 199
Dimensions Width: 146mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 973.927092
Weight 408g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Presidents - United States - Family relationships., Alzheimer's disease - Patients - United States - Biography.
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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