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Brookes, known for his mastery of the English language, turns an account of the death of his mother into a work hailed as literature by book critics, and as moving testimony of the value of hospice care by leaders of the hospice movement.
"Brookes presents an effective argument against the societal denial of death and praises the hospice movement for giving the dying both control and comfort."
"[showing] his skill at weaving reporting and personal experience into a seamless whole....['Signs of Life' is] an affecting memoir by a talented writer.
From the Publisher
What begins as straightforward investigative journalism about the hospice movement becomes a highly affecting personal memoir when the author receives news that his mother is dying of cancer. The resulting work shows the author's particular sensitivity to the role of spirituality in hospice, and the gap between hospice philosophy and real-life practice. In view of the latter, Brookes warns that he calls "[hospice's] graceful New Age ecumenical dance" is at risk in the contested ground between the orthodoxies of medical science and established religion.