A Window Bed
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This novel is a window into the world of aging and about a mother/daughter relationship in the mother's final year in a nursing home. Here, many events, circumstances, and a near love affair help to turn this relationship around. The novel explores nursing home life which does not always have to own the undesirable reputation attributed to it. While never shying away from its sorrows, the story celebrates the complex and fufilling lives of the aged residents, their families, and their caregivers. It also poses the question: do we ever really know one another or is everything merely a function of our individual perceptions?
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Aug 3, 2011By Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review A WINDOW BED is an unusual novel in many ways: first, its theme includes a nursing home experience: something often relegated to nonfiction. What also makes this an unusual choice is that the focus is on relationships and romance: again, topics not usually mixed with nursing homes. Mother Margaret Mary and daughter Jean have spent most of their lives strug (gling to preserve their connections, with misunderstandings and complaints tinged by tolerance on both sides and all tied together with an undercurrent of love and family connection. After a brief period living with her daughter, Margaret Mary’s health requires a move to St. Anne’s nursing home, prompting a degree of relief for both and a good amount of adjustment on all sides. While a reader would think the living-together portion would have been the key to better understanding, in A WINDOW BED it's the nursing home experience that succeeds in drawing the two together during Margaret Mary's... More > final year of life. Another unusual point: the nursing home is not portrayed with the usual horrors, but is blended with realistic assessments of experiences to counter the bad feel of nursing homes in general. Yes, the move holds sorrow and pain; but St. Anne's also provides hope, relief, and further connection for mother and daughter alike. So many novels on mother/daughter relationships offer pat answers: not so A WINDOW BED, which probes the realistic conflicts and joys of the end-of-life experience and the elements that create and can hamper mother/daughter connections. The focus on different perceptions and how they evolve to create barriers between the two is particularly notable. One doesn't anticipate the feel of acceptance and understanding that the nursing home environment portrayed in A WINDOW BED provides: that's one of the pleasures of finding a novel that is involving, realistic, and candid. Any collection strong in novels, aging issues or women's writings will find this a fine acquisition.”( Diane Donovan)< Less
Mar 19, 2011Not long ago, I was faced with the prospect of placing my wife in a nursing home. I dreaded having to do that, not only because of the physical and psychological impact on each of us that this change would cause, but, also, because of my fears regarding the quality of care she would receive. Recently, I stumbled across this novel. It would have alleviated many of my apprehensions, had I read it sooner. It provides insights to life inside a nursing home from the perspective of the patient and the care givers (and, includes two of the shortest sex plots one is ever likely to see in print). The author is a distinguished gerontologist and educator and, likely, knows of whence she speaks. Readers who are faced with impending nursing home decisions might do well to check it out.
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- VIRGINIA BURLINGAME, PH.D. (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- VIRGINIA BURLINGAME, MSW, Ph.D.
- January 21, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.79 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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