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Sayonara LA. Dan is headed home to Salt Lake City, Utah. Never has there been a more reluctant family reunion: His older sister is resentful, having stayed closer to home to bear the brunt of their mother's illness. His younger brother comes to lend a hand, giving up a journalism career and evenings cruising Chicago gay bars. His next younger sister, a sullen teenager, is a rebel with a cause. And his baby sister - through it all - can think only about her beloved dance troop. Dan returns to shouting matches at the dinner table, old flames knocking at the door, and a speech device programmed to help his father communicate that is as crude as the rest of them.
But they put their petty differences aside and form Team Terminal, battling their parents' illnesses as best they can when not otherwise distracted by the chaos that follows them wherever they go. Not even the family cats escape unscathed. As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler, and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away and comes to realize that the further you stretch the ties that bind, the tighter they hold you together.
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By James DeLorean on 10-24-15
Slam Dunk, Baby
I loved this book so damn much. I didn't realize something could be so sad and hilarious at the same time. Really a wonderful, beautiful story. Lots of fart jokes, lots of heart.
He does a great job performing as well.
I'd highly recommend this puppy.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Reader Rowland on 10-23-15
Loved his honest writing about an awful disease. Loved having the author narrate for a real taste of what his life was like. Loved having great belly laughs along with tears of sadness. We all cope in our own ways and this was real to me.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful