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Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving [Paperback]

Mrs Carol Levine

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30 May 2014
"Living in the Land of Limbo" is the first anthology of short stories and poems about family caregivers. These men and women find themselves in "limbo," as they struggle to take care of a family member or friend in the uncertain world of chronic illness. The authors explore caregivers' experiences as they deal with family conflicts, the complexities of the health care system, and the impact of their choices on their lives and the lives of others. The book includes selections devoted to caregivers of aging parents; husbands and wives; ill children; and relatives, lovers, and friends. A final section is devoted to paid caregivers and their clients. Among the conditions that form the background of the selections are dementia, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, and pediatric cancer. Many of the authors are well-known poets and writers, but others have not been published in mainstream media. They represent a range of cultural backgrounds. Although their works approach caregiving in very different ways, the authors share a commitment to emotional truth, unvarnished by societal ideals of what caregivers should feel and do. These stories and poems paint profoundly moving and revealing portraits of family caregivers.

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  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826519709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826519702
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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."..a provoking and delicate contemporary collection that showcases a variety of short fiction and poetry from some of the best writers..."--"Times Leader"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very poignant insights into caregiving 5 Jun 2014
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The theme is caregiving and the book holds a mixture of memoirs, poetry and fiction about caregivers and the burdens, joys and griefs they endure. All the stories were very touching and engrossing. The ones about ill or dying children were the most heartbreaking. It covers caregiving by spouses, parents, children, friends, relatives. Each is unique and insightful. Most of us at some point in our lives will be doing caregiving or having it done for us so these glimpses into how others handle it can offer new perspectives. I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars R required reading for everyone 1 Jun 2014
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Every story is beautifully written. I am a retired college.of literature and womens studies and have written books myself. I had to stretch reading over two
Months because emotionally harrowing...Will use bibliography at end for further reading. I have multiple sclerosis, am 77 & fear caretakers though northeastern. This book helped me so.much to realize how idiosyncratic each end is. Might even vet back to writing myself. Write to me if you wish.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 April 2014
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this is a great book about poetry.
good reading
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