All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir
Written by Elizabeth Hay
Published by McClelland & Stewart
In this brilliant and honest memoir , Elizabeth Hay traces the final decline of her parents - her father, a proud and ambitious school teacher possessed of a terrifying temper and moods of melancholy, and her mother, who kept the family peace and reconciled herself to life through painting. As she cares for her parents in their final days, Elizabeth — the difficult daughter — describes the truth of who they are and what they did. Tender, witty and brutally honest, the book tears open the cloak of shared secrecy to bare the dynamics of a family - the fears, sibling rivalries, joys, disappointments and grievances that have lain unacknowledged through the decades.
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“Piercingly candid and exquisitely written, Elizabeth Hay’s memoir describes the intensity of the love, uncertainty and exasperation triggered by her parents’ dying. Yet there is humour here, too, even— especially—after the final goodbyes.”
Charlotte Gray, author of The Promise of Canada
is the author of the #1 nationally bestselling novel Alone in the Classroom, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights on Air, as well as other highly acclaimed works of fiction, including His Whole Life, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and Small Change. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa.