Author of The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love
In 2010 journalist Nell Lake began sitting in on the weekly meetings of a local hospital’s caregivers support group. Soon members invited her into their lives. For two years, she brought empathy, insight, and an eye for detail to understanding Penny, a fifty-year-old botanist caring for her aging mother; Daniel, a survivor of Nazi Germany who tends his ailing wife; William, whose wife suffers from Alzheimer’s—and others with whom all caregivers may identify.
“[A] beautifully written account of a year in the company of caregivers… The Caregivers is as elegantly constructed as a novel, but more than that, Lake writes about these people with such warmth and vividness that they feel as memorable as our favorite fictional characters. In sharing these stories with readers, Lake has written a book that bears witness to their ‘necessary, intimate, private heroism.'” — The Boston Globe
With more and more people spending their late years ill and frail, and 43 million Americans caring for family members over age fifty, The Caregivers is an important chronicle of a widely shared experience and a public concern. It offers a humane, realistic, and life-affirming portrait of what it means to give and receive love.
“A moving and important book.” ––Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and co-author of Good Prose
“Lake shines as a storyteller… Her sympathetic portrayals are touching and thought-provoking, but Lake is at her best when examining the place and character of caregiving in today’s society… [Readers] will be rewarded with a new perspective on growing old in America… In the spreading shadow of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other long-term diseases, Lake discovers hope, comfort, and continued questions for the future.”—Kirkus Reviews