Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving

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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 aging parents; ...

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Overview

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 aging 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 pediatric 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a provoking and delicate contemporary collection that showcases a variety of short fiction and poetry from some of the best writers..."
Times Leader
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826519702
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
  • Publication date: 4/11/2014
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 668,826
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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 ed., Vanderbilt University Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

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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