The Living End

A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving

Robert Leleux

St. Martin's Griffin

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The Living End is a tribute to an unforgettable woman, and a testimony to the way a disease can awaken an urgent desire for love and forgiveness. Told with sparkling wit and warmth, The Living End will resonate with families coping with Alzheimer's, and any reader looking for hope and inspiration.

Robert Leleux’s grandmother JoAnn was a steel magnolia, an elegant and devastatingly witty woman: quick-tongued, generous in her affections, but sometimes oddly indifferent to the emotions of those who most needed her. When JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d been estranged from her daughter, Robert’s mother Jessica, for decades. As her disease progressed, JoAnn lost most of her memories, but she also forgot her old wounds and anger. She became a happy, gentler person who was finally able to reach out to her daughter in what became a strangely life-affirming experience, an unexpected blessing that gave a divided family a second chance. 

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THE LIVING END by Robert Leleux | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE LIVING END A Family Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving. A memoir of Alzheimer's during its final stages and of a family's attempt to provide support for a spirited grandmother whose changed outlook allowed a vital relationship to move from estrangement to reconciliation.
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Robert Leleux

ROBERT LELEUX teaches creative writing in the New York city schools.  His nonfiction pieces have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Texas Observer, and elsewhere.  He lives with his husband, Michael Leleux, in Manhattan.

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The Living End
A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving
Robert Leleux

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250022332
ISBN10: 1250022339
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 160 pages
$16.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
January 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312621247
ISBN10: 0312621248
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 160 pages
$19.99

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St. Martin's Press
January 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429942393
ISBN10: 1429942398
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 160 pages
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