Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry About Family Caregiving
By: Carol Levine (editor)Paperback
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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 ageing 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 paediatric 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.
Carol Levine directs the United Hospital Fund's Families and Health Care Project. She is a former editor of the Hastings Center Report. In 1993 she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics. She edited Always On Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers (2nd edition, Vanderbilt University Press, 2004).
* Introduction* Carol Levine*Part I Children of Aging Parents* Diem Perdidi* Julie Otsuka* Whosoever: The Language of Mothers and Sons* Rick Moody* The Third Dumpster* Gish Jen* Water* Li-Young Lee* Lucky* Tony Hoagland* Fathers and Sons* David Mason* Yesterday* W. S. Merwin* Ode to Meaning* Robert Pinsky* Buckdancer's Choice* James Dickey* Where the Groceries Went* Raymond Carver*Part II Husbands and Wives* Mrs. Cassidy's Last Year* Mary Gordon* We Are Nighttime Travelers* Ethan Canin* The Ship Pounding* Donald Hall* The Sick Wife* Jane Kenyon* Alzheimer's: The Wife* Alzheimer's: The Husband* C. K. Williams* The Bear Came Over the Mountain* Alice Munro* Thoreau's Laundry* Ann Harleman* The Yawn* Rachel Hadas* Mrs. Dumpty* Visiting Hours Are Over* Chana Bloch* He Read to Her* Anne Brashler*Part III Parents and Sick Children* How to Win* Rosellen Brown* People Like That Are the Only People Here* Lorrie Moore* Children's Ward* Sarah Day* Parents Support Group* Dick Allen* Starter* Amy Hanridge*Part IV Relatives, Lovers, and Friends* The Closet* Allegra Goodman* The Caregiver* Eugenia Collier* Atlantis* Mark Doty* Oceanic Hotel, Nice* Tereze Gluck*Part V Paid Caregivers* A Pension Plan* Ha Jin* A Bad Day for Pisces* Fran Pokras Yariv* Wheelchair* Lewis Nordan* God's Goodness* Marjorie Kemper*Part VI Resources
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