Robert Leleux Reading Tonight at Parnassus Books

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Robert Leleux's new book, The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving, deals with his beloved grandmother's battle with Alzheimer's and the other struggles that ensue — his mother and grandmother haven't spoken in 30 years at the time of the diagnosis. I haven't read the book myself, but going on Margaret Renkl's interview with Leleux over at Chapter16.org, I certainly feel inclinced to. Here's a snippet:

It seems to me that, as a full-grown human, the only thing that really counts is showing up for the people you love. To my mind, there’s nothing as scary or as humbling or as fundamental as that. There’s that great Robert Hayden line about “love’s obscure and lonely offices.” And I really believe that changing a diaper or a surgical dressing is a radical act of love. If you can show up for those things, you can show up for anything. If you can change a diaper with love, then you can change the world. Caring for my grandmother clued me in on how shamefully inadequate I am as a person, but it also pointed me in the direction of everything that I think is really important.

Leleux will discuss the book at 6 p.m. tonight at Parnassus Books.

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