I’ll Be Seeing You

Random. Oct. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780593134672. $27. BIOG
Best-selling author Berg (The Story of Arthur Truluv) explores love and conflict between elderly parents and their adult children in this memoir about the years leading to her parents’ death. In Berg’s telling, aging is not the end of life’s adventure or romance. Reminiscing about her father’s deep and abiding love for her mother, she pens a down-to-earth homage to fidelity and fortitude in marriage and life. In the final stage of her parents’ journey, their 68-year marriage became strained. Berg relates it all—impatience, crankiness, and tenderness—as her parents struggle with the difficulties of being catapulted from the familiar to new realities. She shares her story to provide comfort and community to those facing difficult transitions, especially those relating to aging. From taking her dad to a doctor’s appointment to helping her parents downsize to a new place, Berg writes with care and sensitively. Her writing shines when describing not only caring for someone during difficult times, but also the love that remains after someone is gone.
VERDICT With these reflections, Bergs sheds insight into the experience of caring for a parent. This eloquent book will especially appeal to those in an eldercare role.
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