End Of Eve: A Memoir

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At age 39, Ariel Gore has everything she’s always wanted: a successful writing career, a long-term partnership, a beautiful if tiny home, a daughter in college and a son in preschool. But life’s happy endings don’t always last. If it’s not one thing, after all, it’s your mother.

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Knock knock.

Her name is Eve. Her epic temper tantrums have already gotten her banned from three cab companies in Portland. And she’s here to announce that she’s dying. “Pitifully, Ariel,” she sighs. “You’re all I have.” Ariel doesn’t want to take care of her crazy dying mother, but she knows she will.

It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?

And, anyway, How long could it go on?

“Don’t worry,” Eve says. “If I’m ever a burden, I’ll just blow my brains out.”

Ariel’s partner, Sol, agrees to come along, too, but on the condition that they all move into a bigger house … in New Mexico. So Ariel packs up her home and family and moves more than a thousand miles away from their work and community to become her mother’s reluctant caregiver.

Darkly humorous and intimately human,The End of Eve reads like Terms of Endearment meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Amidst the chaos of clowns and hospice workers, pie and too much whiskey, Ariel’s own 10-year relationship begins to unravel, forcing her to reconsider the meaning of family and everything she’s ever been taught to call “love.”

"Ariel Gore takes some of the heaviest life work - caring for a difficult, terminally ill parent - and somehow through her writing transforms it into a funny, interesting, moving experience. Her work is like origami in that way - capable of changing one solid thing into something entirely different, and beautiful, because of the way she looks at the world. Totally unique, and very inspiring." - Corin Tucker, Sleater-Kinney

"Ariel Gore has blown my mind twice before with her previous books on motherhood and happiness— now she’s stunned me a third time with The End of Eve. This is the story of the world’s most startlingly insane, beautiful mother who was supposed to die in one year— but nearly killed her entire family and staff before she was through. - Susie Bright, Full Exposure

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Author Ariel Gore
Publisher Hawthorne Books
Page Count 234pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes paperback
Publication Date March 4, 2014
ISBN 978-0986000799

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