My Disappearing Mother: A Memoir of Magic and Loss in the Country of Dementia


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Post Hill Press
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5.6 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Finnnamore was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1982 with a degree in English Literature. She has published four books and has been translated into twenty languages. Her debut novel was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Author selection. Her second book was a Washington Post Book of the Year in 2002. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Marin Magazine, PoetryNow, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and has been included on several Oprah reading lists. She lives with her very last husband, Tom, and their two little dogs.


"Absolutely essential reading for anybody whose journey has been touched by dementia. The preface alone is achingly beautiful, heartbreaking, and unexpectedly funny."--Augusten Burroughs, author of the best-selling memoir, Running with Scissors
"There is Finnamore's brave and open heart, her eye for what gleams in the rubble, her generosity and humor and confusion and grief, but grace shines on everything. She is also a brilliant writer. I can't wait to get my hands on this book."--Abigail Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of What Comes Next and How To Like It
"Suzanne's memoir about her mother in Dementia is beautiful and consoling and deeply felt, full of both joy and sorrow, and also, not for nothing, gorgeously written. I was stopped in my tracks. It is an astonishing book."--Elizabeth McCracken, bestselling author of The Souvenir Museum and winner of the PEN New England Award
"This elegant memoir does the impossible: it makes the tragic beautiful. It also offers a service: providing solace to those whose mothers have dementia, showing how best to deal with what we cannot prevent. Luminous, gripping, unexpectedly funny, Finnamore pays homage to a remarkable life, but she does much more than that. In teaching us how she looks at her own declining mother--with understanding, love, and happiness--Finnamore is, in effect, teaching us how to see."--Darin Strauss, New York Times bestselling author of Half a Life and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
"My Disappearing Mother: A Memoir of Magic and Loss in the Country of Dementia is a truly stunning piece of writing by Suzanne Finnamore. The magic is real."--Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters
"For anyone dealing with grief, or loss, or sorrow, My Disappearing Mother is vital, wrenching and important; helpful and healing."--@Jennifer Weiner on X