Leave the Dogs at Home

Leave the Dogs at Home

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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 qIt Means Absolutely Nothingq 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 qdating for seniorsq 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 Delightfully confessional, it challenges persistent, yet outdated, societal norms about relationships, and finds relief in whimsy, pop culture, and renewed spirituality.Find something else to play. Something smooth.a€ a€œHow about Circular Breathing, that tribal didgeridoo stuff?a€ I plucked a CD from his bookshelf and held it up for him to see. Jim laughed, getting my lamebrain joke. a€œSure. Maybe it will help.a€ 4 A anbsp;...

Title:Leave the Dogs at Home
Author:Claire S. Arbogast
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2015-07-03


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