Book Reviews: Wait Until Tomorrow - A Daughter's Memoir by Pat MacEnultycategories: Book, Transformative Writing, Aging, Dementia, Composer, Addiction, Caregiving, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Aging Parents, Memoir
Pat MacEnultyabout this book: This book is about the last few years of my mother's life and how I juggled her needs along with the needs of my teenage daughter, my husband, my career, and my dog -- and how some things turned out just fine (i.e. I survived the cancer) and some things didn't turn out well (i.e. the marriage ended). My mother was a wonderful composer, and my mission throughout the book was to find a way for her to hear a performance of the requiem she wrote before she died.
At first I thought my primary readers would be middle-aged women who were in similar circumstances, but I've had men in their 20s, young women, and a 93-year-old man tell me they loved the book and could relate to it.
The title comes something my mother used to say: "If you want to commit suicide, wait until tomorrow." Truthfully, there were a few times during those years when driving off a cliff a la Thelma and Louise didn't seem like a bad idea. But love and humor and friendship prevailed and I'm still here.
I love talking to book clubs and to readers. I also give workshops in transformative writing for other people who feel the need to tell their story in such a way that it connects with readers.
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An Honest PortrayalWhat I liked most about WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW was MacEnulty's honesty around all her feelings. Having had a mother who became demented before she died and having lost my husband to cancer, I went through every feeling from rage to fear to deep sadness. Thank you, Pat MacEnulty for writing this book. [by Roberta Burton]
A Beautiful DaughterI have never written a book review before, so I googled it, says there isn't a right or wrong. I thought of many terms I had read to describe a book, charming, endearing, colorful characters that pull you in; although this book has all of that, it wasn't what I wanted to say. I wanted to say I loved it, I wanted to play scrabble with her mother, hug her daughter, and shed a tear for her dog. A moving story of a beautiful mother and a loving daughter in their journey through life.
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