Leave the Dogs at Home, Break Away Book Club Edition

Leave the Dogs at Home, Break Away Book Club Edition : A Memoir

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Claire and Jim were friends, lovers, and sometimes enemies for 27 years. In order to get health insurance, they finally married, calling their anniversary the "It Means Absolutely Nothing" day. Then Jim was diagnosed with cancer. With ever-decreasing odds of survival, punctuated by arcs of false hope, Jim's deteriorating health altered their well-established independence as they became caregiver and patient, sharing intimacy as close as their own breaths. A year and a half into their marriage, Jim died from lung/brain cancer. Sustained by good dogs and gardening through the two years of madness that followed, Claire soldiered through home repairs, career disaster, genealogy quests, and "dating for seniors" trying to build a better life on the debris of her old one.Leave the Dogs at Home maps and plays with the stages of grief. Delightfully confessional, it challenges persistent, yet outdated, societal norms about relationships, and finds relief in whimsy, pop culture, and renewed spirituality.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 238 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253017211
  • 9780253017215

Review quote

"Claire Arbogast's deeply moving memoir records with honesty and clarity how she managed to move forward with her life despite the death of her husband. Her story beautifully depicts the aftermath of deep personal loss." Carrol Krause, author of Showers Brothers Furniture Company: The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a University (IUP, 2012)"show more

About Claire S Arbogast

Claire Arbogast is a graduate of Indiana University. She gardens, walks with dogs, and writes in Bloomington, Indiana. This is her first book. Claire's website is www.ClaireArbogast.comshow more

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