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Ariel Gore’s sensitive, sardonic memoir of her mother’s death from cancer is not what you'd expect. This was no graceful exit.
When Ariel's mother, who found too much humor in repeated watchings of "Mommy Dearest;" who got herself banned from three different Portland cab companies for histrionics, calls her up with the news that she has terminal lung cancer, Ariel realizes she's going to have to step up to the plate to take care of her.
But as Admiral Ackbar says, "It's a trap!"
Yes, her mother is dying, but she's going to burn down the funeral home on the way out. Ariel loses her home, her lover, and nearly, her wits as her manipulative mother makes further and further demands, and exacts revenge if those demands aren't met.
Ariel finds the strength, the humor, and the whiskey to keep at it and keep it together. She does what she must to see her mother through to the end and she stays on her path to find peace and new love in the end.
Ariel's own voice was the only choice for this reading. Who else could bring all the nuance of conflicting emotions to such a tough book to get right?
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