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In Orphans, a verse memoir, poet psychologist Joan Cusack Handler explores our most primitive and ambivalent relationships—those with aging parents—meanwhile confronting her own mortality. In a life lesson we’re often unprepared for, Handler presents the reversal of roles and the eruption of unresolved conflicts that persist from childhood.

184 pages | 8 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents

THE MOTHER • My Mother Speaks I • My Mother Speaks II • Joan Speaks • Orphan at Sea • Sea Day I • Aruba • Sea Day II • Sea Day III • Granada • Sea Day IV • Sea Day V • An Hour Late • My Mother Speaks III • My Mother Speaks IV • No Day Was Brighter • No Ma

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