New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's touching memoir is a funny yet unflinching document on the reality of seeing one's parents grow old.
Known for her simple yet sharp drawings as a political cartoonist in New Yorker, Roz Chast's latest book is a memoir that broaches the uncomfortable subject of caring for ageing parents with a wry sensitivity and a touch of gentle humour.
Readers of her Chasts’ new book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? see their own experiences reflected in Chast’s sketches of her struggles caring for George and Elizabeth, her stubborn, quirky, “codependent” Jewish parents in Brooklyn, during the last decade of their lives. Blunt but witty, her words and images have sparked thousands of letters from caregivers nationwide. “They all say nobody talks about it,” says Chast.
Topping The New York Times graphic books best-seller list for nine weeks, her book helps lift the veil of silence among those with ageing and ill parents.“I get nervous checking my webmail, because I can’t respond to all these people,” Chast says. “Whether they are Midwestern Lutherans or Jewish girls from Brooklyn, details are different, but the story is the same.”