Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Review: An Uncertain Inheritance edited by Nell Casey

Today, in January Magazine’s non-fiction section, contributing editor Diane Leach reviews An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family edited by Nell Casey. Says Leach:
Editor Nell Casey set herself an unpleasant task: that of collecting war stories, a few from the victims, but most from their parents and children and spouses. In light of the ageing population, giving rise to the expression “sandwich generation,” and an appalling war with an even more appalling number of casualties who will need caregiving for the rest of their lives, this book could not be more timely. That doesn’t make it any easier to read. An Uncertain Inheritance is not the sort of book one gives as a stocking stuffer. Instead, you give it to the friend who is caring for her demented parent. She doesn’t have time to read it now, but she will, someday. The book may not make her feel better -- nothing will -- but it will make her feel less alone. You can feel less alone and not feel better. Trust me on this.
The full review is here.

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