Death in Slow Motion by Eleanor Cooney
My Mother's Descent into Alzheimer's

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When her once-glamorous and witty novelist-mother got Alzheimer's, Eleanor Cooney moved her from her beloved Connecticut home to California in order to care for her. In tense, searing prose, punctuated with the blackest of humor, Cooney documents the slow erosion of her mother's mind, the powerful bond the two shared, and her own descent into drink and despair.
But the coping mechanism that finally serves this eloquent writer best is writing, the ability to bring to vivid life the memories her mother is losing. As her mother gropes in the gathering darkness for a grip on the world she once loved, succeeding only in conjuring sad fantasies of places and times with her late husband, Cooney revisits their true past. Death in Slow Motion becomes the mesmerizing story of Eleanor's actual childhood, straight out of the pages of John Cheever; the daring and vibrant mother she remembers; and a time that no longer exists for either of them.
 

About Eleanor Cooney

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Eleanor Cooney has published four novels. She lives in Mendocino, California.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Novelist Cooney (Shangri-La, 1996, etc.) paints a harrowing portrait of the devastation Alzheimer’s wreaks not just on the victim but on those closest to her.

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