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Edie Richter is Not Alone

by Rebecca Handler

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Edie Richter is Not Alone by Rebecca Handler
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    Mar 2021, 192 pages

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In this resonant, surprisingly humorous novel, a woman moves to Australia following her father's death and contends with grief and guilt in equal measures.

Edie Richter is living in Boston with her husband, Oren, when her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Edie and Oren uproot their lives to move to San Francisco where she can be closer to her family, and she suffers considerable emotional strain as her father slowly loses his physical and mental faculties. "I knew Dad would stop recognizing me. I didn't know I would stop recognizing him," she confesses.

After watching his steady decline for months, Edie puts a t-shirt over her father's mouth and suffocates him.

Though it seems like the sort of detail that some authors might withhold until the end of a book for shock value, the reader is informed of this development in Chapter 3, in language unapologetic and clear as day: "Eventually Dad stopped eating. Not long after, I killed him." A short time later, Edie's husband receives a job offer that requires the couple to relocate to ...

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