The Long Goodbye

by Meghan O'Rourke

The Long Goodbye

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The author discusses how caring for her terminally ill mother ultimately strengthened the bond between the two, as well as fortified the author's family during the difficult time. By the author of the poetry collection Halflife.

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Meghan O'Rourke's memoir, The Long Goodbye, chronicles her mother's cancer and eventual death based on a series of essays that appeared in Slate. As critic Alice Gregory observes: "She poetically situates her own grief within a larger examination of mourning rituals in contemporary American life, or rather our lack of mourning rituals. She envies her Jewish friends who sit shiva and wonders why certain co-workers refuse to ask how

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