“Can’t We Talk About Something More PLEASANT?” by Roz Chast

Roz ChastThis is quite a book. It is the illustrated account of the author’s parents final years of life, complete with pictures of their belongings and descriptions of their physical complaints. She had no siblings and did not live with her parents. They were older. They had lived in the same apartment in Brooklyn for many, many years.

This is Chast’s wonderful, slightly askance view of her parents’ lives and idiosyncrasies, full of detail and humor and a feeling of an overwhelming world. It is very intimate, with examples from her mother’s dementia and many pictures (including some photos) of the various objects that were “saved” by her thrifty parents. It ends with drawings Chast made of her mother as she was dying.

This is a wonderful book.

Reviewed by Sue D.

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