Books: Cest la vie
● By Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
ALL DAYS ARE NIGHT By Peter Stamm, Other Press, $23.95
Gillian, a successful and beautiful TV host, awakens in a hospital after a terrible automobile accident. She and her husband Matthias had had a horrific argument and both were very drunk. He hits a deer on the wet road and dies in the crash. Gillian survives but is horribly disfigured. Slowly, she works to put her life back together, but instead of returning to TV she takes a job at a culture resort as Activities Director. It is there that she meets up again with Hubert, a photographer, painter and her former lover. Their attempts to rekindle their affair soon sputter out leaving them (and us) wondering what comes next.
BEING MORTAL By Atul Gawande, Metropolitan Books, $26.00
This could be a very depressing book as the first half deals with the elderly sick who end their lives in nursing homes or hospices, or if they’re lucky, assisted living facilities, all of which he calls “warehoused oblivion.” Yet there is hope in sight as more and more new treatments, therapies and medications help to make the last days more comfortable for the patients and more acceptable to their survivors. It’s a very important book and a needed guide for caretakers.