Posted by: Karen | March 8, 2010

IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter’s Tale of Life and Death by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter


“A poignant memoir.”–Kirkus Reviews

“First-time memoirist Carter comes close to perfection in this chronicle of her mother’s quest to orchestrate her own assisted suicide. . . .With surprising humor and sensitivity, Carter presents the struggle to come to terms with mortality and family dynamics.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“I could quote from the book all day. . . but instead I’ll just recommend that those intrigued by the subject spend a little time with the ailing but ferocious Margaret and her daughters. A decision to die can sound romantic or it can sound repugnant. Carter shows us what it was like in reality.” –Paula Span, The New York

“In her wise and moving memoir, journalist Zoe Carter tackles a difficult subject — her mother’s decision to end her own life after years of severe illness. Under what circumstances can her family make peace with this choice? Many of us will find ourselves facing this kind of dilemma as our parents move towards death, and I cannot imagine a better guide than this thoughtful, compassionate book.”–Julie Metz, author of Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

“Carter’s memoir about her terminally ill mother’s decision to end her own life becomes a bittersweet tale of how Carter and her sisters coped with their mother’s botched efforts, their own sibling rivalries, the ongoing controversy over assisted suicide, and the hard, final task of acceptance.”–Elle




  1. […] away a copy of it along with two other amazing books that take on life’s big challenges.  IMPERFECT ENDINGS, by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, is “the uplifting story of a woman determined to die on her own […]

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