Things to Do in A Retirement Home Trailer Park ... when you're 29 and unemployed

Things to Do in A Retirement Home Trailer Park ... when you're 29 and unemployed : When You're 29 and Unemployed

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Description

A tour-de-force and eight years in the making, this is a powerful, superbly-drawn and deeply moving portrait of a young man coming to terms with his dying father, and with his own life, as he takes care of the old man in his final months. When Nye's father phones to wish him a happy birthday, and reveals he has been 'certified for hospice', Nye slumps down on the nearest doorstep in shock. Unemployment means that he is free to move in to the trailer park where his father lives, and assume the role of chief carer. Their daily schedule of pill counting and medical checks unfolds into an extraordinary world where the protagonist is a minotaur, his father a rhinoceros, social workers are sea turtles and mobile homes move atop gigantic elephants. Curious neighbours and medical and social care workers - whether man or beast - become their friends, and the family comes together once more. And as the old man battles against emphysema, his shortness of breath becomes more evident until his speech bubbles, previously charged with pithy comment, are mostly filled with pauses.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 28mm | 1,179.34g
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 310 illustrations
  • 1908434090
  • 9781908434098
  • 760,650

About Aneurin Wright

Aneurin Wright earned a BA in English literature from Yale and a BFA in illustration and communication design from the Pratt Institute. He was the animation director for the "Short History of the United States" cartoon sequence in Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine. He currently draws a weekly strip for the Waterstone's Bookseller Blog called Sprout's Bookclub.
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153 ratings
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4 41% (63)
3 19% (29)
2 4% (6)
1 1% (2)
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