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Dying for Attention

A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care

illustrated by Susan MacLeod

Publisher
Conundrum Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Category
General, Contemporary Women, Biography & Memoir
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772620610
    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price
    $20.00

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Description

When Susan MacLeod accompanied her 90-year-old mother through a labyrinthine long-term care system, it was a nine-year journey navigating a government within a heart in a system without compassion. Her family, much like the system, erected walls rather than opening arms. She found herself involuntarily placed at the pivot point between her frail, elderly mother's need for love and companionship, the system's inability to deliver, and her brother's indifference. She had also spent three years as a government spokesperson enthusiastically defending the very system she now experienced as brutally cold.

MacLeod's tone is defined by a gentle, self-effacing humour touched by exasperation for the absurdities and the newfound wisdom around expectations. Dying for Attention, is the latest memoir in the graphic medicine field, shelved alongside Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? or Sarah Leavitt's Tangles. MacLeod includes helpful tips for communicating with nursing homes as well as background research to provide a larger context for this under-discussed experience.

About the author

Susan MacLeod is an artist writing about the world of long-term care. Her illustrations have been published by Kaiser Permanente, Halifax Magazine, and The Globe & Mail, as well as for countless commissions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of King's College. She still misses her mother.

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Editorial Reviews

"Caring for an elderly patient is an unusual subject for a graphic novel. The very existence of Dying For Attention shows the versatility of the medium; its content shows its power... A remarkable memoir." --Mike Donachie, The Toronto Star

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