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One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
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Jan 27, 11

Read in January, 2011

A novel told in the first person about a young woman who is asked by her strange (and estranged) father to come home and take care of her mother who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer of some internal organs. She didn’t want to do it because she had not got along well with her mother and father. She does reluctantly come home and through the process of taking care of her mother, she learns more about her mother and her father and about herself. The mother dies toward the end with what is considered an overdose of morphine. The daughter is accused of a mercy killing. She is exonerated and carries a stigma for a few years, but gets beyond it. Lots of dialogue between the daughter and mother as the end is nearing. There is some raw language and ideas, but over all, the book gave me insight into the process of dying. I like Quindlen’s style of writing; although she insists on putting the gutter talk, not a lot, but some.

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