All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir

All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir

Title:All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780771039737
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada's most beloved novelists has written a poignant, complex, and hugely resonant memoir about the shift she experienced between being her parents' daughter to their guardian and caregiver.

As the daughter takes charge, and the writer takes notes, her mother and father are like two legendary icebergs floating south. They melt into the ocean of partial, painful, inconsistent, and funny stories that a family makes over time. Hay's eloquent memoir distills these stories into basic truths about parents and children and their efforts of understanding.

With her uncommon sharpness and wit, Elizabeth Hay offers her insights into the peculiarities of her family's dynamics--her parents' marriage, sibling rivalries, miscommunications that spur decades of resentment all matched by true and genuine love and devotion. Her parents are each startling characters in their own right--her mother is a true skinflint who would rather serve up wormy soup (twice) than throw away an ancient packet of "perfectly good" mix; her father is a proud and well-mannered man with a temper that can be explosive.

All Things Consoled is a startlingly beautiful memoir that addresses the exquisite agony of family, the unstoppable force of dementia, and the inevitability of aging.


    All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir Reviews

  • Canadian

    “acts of love are never uncomplicated” Acclaimed Canadian novelist, Elizabeth Hay has produced a beautifully written and affecting memoir about her parents’ last years. In 2008 when Hay’s nar...

  • Krista

    I was in dangerous personal territory, in fraught border country in which my parents were sliding into neediness and I was rising in power, yet losing my own life. All Things Consoled is esteemed Can...

  • Brandon Forsyth

    Emotionally devastating. Elizabeth Hay writes with unflinching honesty and lyrical beauty. This book feels like a gift....

  • Jennifer

    so good! elizabeth hay tells a difficult story with grace. while this memoir will be relatable for anyone with aging parents and grandparents who are dealing with declining bodies and minds, hay also ...

  • Laurie ? The Baking Bookworm

    3.5 STARS - This was the first time I had read a book by Canadian author Elizabeth Hay. In All Things Consoled, she writes about her complicated relationship with her parents growing up as well as the...

  • Lori Bamber

    What a remarkable book! Elizabeth Hay is a brilliant, beautiful, effective writer. Here she takes on the most difficult subject of all: the adult child and her parents in decline. Agonizing. So honest...

  • Friederike Knabe

    Very moving, thought provoking, gentle, beautifully written. A full review is in process....

  • Stephanie

    I am a huge Elizabeth Hay fan (well, she's had some real winners and others that I am so-so on), so I really enjoyed reading her memoir. She details her life growing mostly in terms of her relationshi...

  • Karan

    Acutely observed, terribly honest. ...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    Told with her signature grace and eloquence, this was a lovely memoir to read. ...