The Resource The erratics, Vicki Laveau-Harvie

The erratics, Vicki Laveau-Harvie

Label
The erratics
Title
The erratics
Statement of responsibility
Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When her elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki travels to her parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which rapidly become clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival. Her mother has always been mentally unstable, but for years camouflaged her delusions and unpredictability. Over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world. Vicki's father, who has been systematically starved and kept virtually a prisoner in his own home, begins to realise what has happened to him and embarks upon plans of his own to combat his wife. Vicki quickly realises how dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, her mother's behaviour is. She fears for her father's life and her own safety if her mother returns home. The power play between her parents takes a dramatic turn and leaves Vicki embroiled in situations that are ludicrous, heart-breaking, and frightening. All this makes for an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat
Summary
"In this award-winning memoir, two sisters reckon with the convalescence and death of their outlandishly tyrannical mother and the care of their psychologically terrorized father, all relayed with dark humor and brutal honesty. When Vicki and her sister learn their mother has been hospitalized for a broken hip, they return to their parents' home in Alberta to put things back in order. Though their parents disowned them years before, the sisters now reassert themselves in the dysfunctional household: their father, undernourished and suffering from Stockholm syndrome, is unable to see that he is in danger from his outlandish and vindictive wife. Rearranging their lives to be the daughters they were never allowed to be, the sisters focus their efforts on helping their father cope with the unending manipulations of their mother, and must encounter all the characters common in the circus of caretaking--oddball nurses and home helpers; over-opinionated hospital staff who have fallen for their mother's compulsive lies--along with the pressures that come with caring for elderly loved (and sometimes unloved) ones. Set against the natural world of remotest Alberta ("in winter the cold will kill you, nothing personal"), this memoir--at once dark and hopeful--shatters precedents about grief, anger and family trauma with surprising tenderness and humor"--
Tone
Writing style
Award
Stella Prize, 2019.
Awards note
Finch Memoir Prize, winner 2018.
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10659587
Cataloging source
SALS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laveau-Harvie, Vicki
Dewey number
306.87
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Laveau-Harvie, Vicki
  • Laveau-Harvie, Vicki
  • Adult children
  • Ageing parents
  • Family secrets
  • Mothers
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Abused husbands
  • Husband and wife
  • Mentally ill
  • Mentally ill mothers
  • Families
Target audience
adult
Label
The erratics, Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063568007
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780648100850
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780648100850
  • (Sirsi) i9780648100850
  • (OCoLC)1034691779
Label
The erratics, Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063568007
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780648100850
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780648100850
  • (Sirsi) i9780648100850
  • (OCoLC)1034691779

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