'Song for Rosaleen' describes one family’s encounter with the tough realities of dementia. It is a powerful, tender, beautifully written memoir about caring for a much-loved mother, told with compassion, insight and humour by her daughter, award-winning writer Pip Desmond. While the story is intensely personal, the impending global dementia epidemic gives it universal interest.
As well as exploring illness, ageing and aged care, 'Song for Rosaleen' reflects on the complexity of family dynamics, the perils of writing about real people, and the slippery nature of truth.
Pip Desmond will be in conversation with Carole Beu from The Women's Bookshop, at the Auckland Writers Festival on Friday 18 May at 1pm. Buy tickets here: http://www1.ticketmaster.co.nz/event/2400545C926D3708.
SONG FOR ROSALEEN by Pip Desmond is published by Massey University Press, RRP: 29.99