Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love

Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love

by Marissa Moss

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ISBN-13: 9781573246989
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 674,003
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia's Notebook series (over 5 million sold), her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book, Barbed Wire Baseball, won the California Book Award, Gold medal. Marissa is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children's publishing house. Visit her at www.marissamoss.com

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Last Things

A Graphic Memoir Of Loss And Love


By Marissa Moss

Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

Copyright © 2017 Marissa Moss
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-57324-698-9


PREFACE

This is a book about loss, but also about profound love. Anyone who has faced catastrophic illness will recognize in these pages that this is also a book about living, about the strong bonds of family and how they can sustain us through impossible situations. By sharing this story, I hope readers will experience our pain, be witnesses to it, and come out stronger for it.

When my husband was first diagnosed with ALS, we didn't have time to come to terms with the diagnosis, but were immediately plunged into a steep descent, ricocheting from crisis to crisis. I didn't have the chance then to think about what it all meant. All I could do was react to the emergencies facing us. I started writing this memoir to sort it all out with words and pictures, since that's how I think, how I've approached my children's books. I needed to shape the whirlwind we had lived through so I could understand it better, so I could see that I had done what I could, and move beyond the inevitable guilt. In many ways, this is a portrait of marriage, how it can sustain and abandon us, how families heal themselves, and how to cling to a sense of self in the face of medical horrors and mind-numbing bureaucracy.

So there's heartbreak in these pages, but also universal truth. We all have the capacity to face adversity, to come through it, and to heal. We all think we know how to live good lives. What's trickier is how to handle death, how to be with the dying and hold their pain and fear in our hearts. And then let them go.

— Marissa Moss


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