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Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion: Life After Loss

Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion: Life After Loss

by Elaine Soloway


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Early in 2009, after more than a decade of marriage, Elaine Soloway's husband, Tommy, began to change—exhibiting inappropriate behaviors at times, becoming inexplicably weepy at others. More troublesome, he began to have difficulty finding words. Ultimately, Tommy’s doctors discovered that he had frontotemporal degeneration—a diagnosis that explained Tommy’s baffling symptoms and transformed Soloway from irritated wife to unflappable, devoted caregiver in one fell swoop.

In Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion Soloway documents Tommy’s deteriorating health and eventual death, shedding light on the day-to-day realities of those who assume the caregiver role in a relationship with uncompromising honesty and wry humor. Charming, frank, and ultimately uplifting, Soloway’s story reveals how rich with love and appreciation a life compromised by an incurable illness can be—and how even widowhood can open a door to a new, invigorated life.

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ISBN-13: 9781631529191
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 780,303
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elaine Soloway is the author of the memoir The Division Street Princess, the novel She's Not The Type, and a contributor to the anthology Ask Me About My Divorce. A public relations consultant for thirty years, she also writes the blogs The Rookie Widow, The Rookie Caregiver, and Too Old To Talk Tech. Along with developing her own essays, she is a writing coach and a tech tutor. Before launching her consulting business, she was a press aide to Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and communications director for School Superintendent Ruth Love. Soloway is a lifelong Chicagoan and currently lives in the city's River North neighborhood.

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Our readers take pride in having advanced to over 50 years, where senior means we've graduated from one life stage to another. Our interests are varied, our tastes eclectic, our need for information unending. That's why Elaine Soloway's essays on caregiving and widowhood are important reading. They not only engage and stimulate, but also help senior women face new challenges, and share a sense of dignity and celebration.
-Tam Martinides Gray, CEO and founder of and former senior reporter for Time Magazine.

In this wonderful new book, my friend Elaine faces head-on the frightening reality of her husband's illness. In typical Elaine fashion, she arms herself with reams of information, laser focus, and her huge compassionate heart. You'll be as amazed as I was as Elaine dives bravely into the deep end of the pool.
-Jane Lynch, Actress and Author of "Happy Accidents"

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