Song for Rosaleen

Pip Desmond

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Losing and finding a mother in dementia

A beautifully crafted memoir of a family coping with their mother’s dementia, Song for Rosaleen is both a celebration of Rosaleen Desmond’s life and an unflinching account of the practical and ethical dilemmas that faced her six children. Told with love, insight, humour and compassion, it raises important questions about who we become when our memories fail, how our rapidly ageing population can best be cared for, and what this means for us all.

‘Song for Rosaleen is a beautiful, honest and deeply moving memoir. I have no doubt this book will resonate with a huge portion of readers — especially anyone who has watched a loved one decline due to a degenerative illness.’ — Mandy Hager

‘This book is an outstanding example of memoir —creative non-fiction at its best. Its compelling narrative flow creates a moving and enriching work that will be an important addition to this country’s literature.’ — Alison Parr

  • CATEGORY: Biography
  • ISBN: 978-0-9951001-2-1
  • ESBN: 978-0-9951001-3-8
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 09/04/2018
  • PAGE EXTENT: 256
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Pip Desmond is a Wellington writer, editor and oral historian.