Critics hailed Robert Leleux’s coming-of-age Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy as a “laugh-out-loud tale of dysfunction and discovery” (Publishers Weekly), delivering “gallows humor with a sprightly flair” (New York Times). In THE LIVING END, Leleux casts a gimlet eye on how his grandmother’s unexpectedly funny decline into Alzheimer’s, became an occasion to reconcile with her daughter—Leleux’s colorful, knowing, Texas-beauty-queen-with-enhancements mother.
With Leleux's unique talent for capturing the humor in the direst of circumstances, THE LIVING END is a glowing tribute to a well-lived life, and to the way a seemingly unwelcome change in life’s circumstances can be a catalyst for love and forgiveness.
Told with Leleux’s sparkling wit and warmth, THE LIVING END will resonate with any reader looking for hope and inspiration.
When Leleux's grandmother, JoAnn, began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d been estranged from her daughter for decades. But while JoAnn lost a great deal of her memories and herself, she also forgot her old wounds and anger. While witnessing her decline was agonizing for Leleux (“like watching The Miracle Worker backward”), he discovered that for his grandmother herself, it seemed almost liberating. Because “with no sense of time or memory, past and future cease to exist, along with all sense of loss and regret. Not to mention grudges and hurt feelings.” She simply forgot to be angry, and when she was reunited with her daughter after years of estrangement, their relationship was given a new life.
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of video trailers with Robert reading from his new memoir.
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