The Mercy Papers by Robin Romm audiobook

The Mercy Papers

By Robin Romm
Read by Ann Marie Lee

Random House Audio
6.21 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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When Robin Romm’s The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her “a close-up magician,” saying, “hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay.” In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother’s death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

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Summary

Summary

One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

A 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2009 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

An Indie Next Notable Title, February 2009

When Robin Romm’s The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her “a close-up magician,” saying, “hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay.” In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother’s death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A furious blaze of a book…The Mercy Papers is no blind rant. In Romm’s hands, anger becomes an instrument for pursuing truth, an extremely effective crowbar with which to pry back nicety and expose ‘something unfettered, something darker.’” New York Times
“There is comfort in the unflinching honesty of Robin Romm’s astonishing memoir. I sought such truth after my daughter died, and grew angry at the platitudes, the cowardice, the lack of acknowledgment of what life and death hold. But Robin faces it head-on, and I am grateful to her for being brave enough to share her story.” Ann Hood, author of Comfort and The Knitting Circle
“I love this passionate and beautifully written memoir, The Mercy Papers. Every sentence rings with furious love and loss.” Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life
“A poignant account of a young woman’s struggle to accept a parent’s dying…A piercing, heartbreaking reminder that loss doesn’t end.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Romm’s piercing and personal look at loss will speak to anyone who has coped or is coping with the death of a loved one.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Robin Romm

Author Bio: Robin Romm

Robin Romm is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Mother Garden, which was a finalist for the 2008 PEN USA Fiction Award. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, she currently lives in Berkeley, California, and New Mexico, where she is assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the College of Santa Fe.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 6.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English