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Hi, About a month ago, my new memoir, written about 7 years ago, was finally published! It's called Still the End: Memoir of a Nursing Home Wife -- perhaps that says it all. It's available at http://www.unlimitedpublishing.com/cohen (The "cohen" is me! Marion Deutsche Cohen)
Strangely, the prequel memoir -- Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse (Temple University Press, PA) -- found a publisher quickly. (Well, that was 17 years ago -- the publishing scene has changed a lot since then, and not for the better). In Dirty Details, my then-husband has an advanced case of multiple sclerosis and still lives at home, with me as chief caregiver and our four young children (one a toddler). That book ends with the necessary "nursing home decision" -- I would never have survived much longer, being awakened 20 - 30 times a night to attend to my near-paralyzed husband's needs.
My new book (Still the End) begins soon after nursing home placement. I'm allowed to sleep (and that feels euphoric, even now...) but there are no trials and tribs -- my then-husband increasing dementia, which resulted in verbal as well as financial abuse; I was pretty scared. And gradually, I fell out of love (and just as gradually admitted that). Good things happen, too, in my life; I pursue my writing, and a new math career as a fulltime mathprof. Eventually I start dating, so there's love interest toward the end of the new book!
I've got attitude! And so does the book! Anyway, I also wanted to make a memoir wriitng suggesiton: Write what you feel and felt, not what you think you SHOULD feel or have felt. In fact, a good "memoir writing exercise" is to try writing BAD! Bend over backwards, maybe, and say things you shouldn't! You can back track later, when you revise. Best of writing luck and pluck, everybody!