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FEET FIRST

Riding the Eldercare Rollercoaster Wth My Father

SYNOPSIS

A cross between Archie Bunker and Ralph Kramden, Ellie is an old-school New Yorker who has outlived his wife, his money, and his body. Angered and frustrated by his situation, he rejects all outside help (other than that of his youngest son) and sets out to prove he can still do it all by himself. In Feet First, author Jamie Legon, Ellie's son, narrates the humorous but cautionary tale through the minefield that is Ellie's attempt at living alone at over ninety years of age. ...

EXCERPT

"Without my mother around, he didn’t eat properly or drink anything but diet soda. Bacteria were building condos on his bathroom and kitchen floors, and when asked why he let the sliced meats sit on the counter for days on end, he’d say, “They were too cold in the refrigerator! They had no taste!” To my father, bacteria referred to the back room of a cafeteria. My mother had been the buffer zone between Ellie’s demanding personality and the rest of the world, and now that she was gone everything was coming unglued. Making his own appointments and getting to doctors was very difficult, doing his laundry was too demanding, and cleaning his apartment was nearly impossible. And then came the big, looping curveball—he began having hallucinations..."

Feet First is available at:

BARNES AND NOBLE

AMAZON