From Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada’s most celebrated novelists, comes a startling and beautiful memoir about the drama of her parents’ end, and the longer drama of being their daughter. Jean and Gordon Hay were a formidable pair. She was an artist and superlatively frugal; he was a proud and principled schoolteacher with an explosive temper. Elizabeth, the so-called difficult child, always suspected she would end up caring for them in their final years, in part to atone for her childhood sins. Philip Roth once said, ‘Old age is a massacre’. ‘All Things Consoled’ takes you inside the massacre as Hay’s ferociously independent parents become increasingly dependent on her.
Author Elizabeth Hay Published by MacLehose Press ISBN 9780857059116 EAN 9780857059116 Bic Code Cover Hardback