"One of my favourite books ever" - "Heartbreakingly Hilarious"
Chosen as a Globe 100 Best Book of the year in 2011!
One of Canada's funniest writers tackles his mother's life and death in a profound, entertaining story.
Memoir, biography, and outrageous comedy make for a perfect blend in the debut book from acclaimed writer Steve Burgess. Telling the tale of his mother’s life and death, and along the way laying bare his own struggles, Burgess delivers a moving meditation on life and family.
The author’s mother, Joan, barely survived her thirteenth birthday: a rare disorder had made it almost impossible for her to swallow food. Her battle to survive this illness was the first in a lifelong struggle with the demons of her upbringing. As she raised her five children, of whom the author is the youngest, Joan revealed herself to be a strong and remarkably complex woman. This is the story of her family: Joan herself, her husband—a charming United Church minister—and their children, including the alarmingly delinquent Steve.
Who Killed Mom? brims with uproarious anecdotes and one-liners. Whether he’s relating how an ice cream product saved him from a gruesome death on the Trans-Canada, sizing up the rebranding efforts of a woeful Manitoba motel, or depicting daily life in a retirement community, Burgess infuses his tales with plenty of laughs. But beneath the book’s hilarity is a penetrating examination of eternal themes: family, mortality, fate, and the enduring value of love.
This book touched me in so many ways - being of the same vintage as the author, and from the prairies, I could relate well to many of his stories and how we were. Mom was the unsung hero, sorely missed when gone. The book took me from outright laughter to near-tears. The author's wit is sharp and full of surprises; his reflections and musings are insightful and wise. Thank you Steve Burgess!
This book just got better and better. The last couple of chapters were golden. Who Killed Mom made me think of what it will be like for me in another 20-30 years when my kids likely have to deal with me in the same way that Steve Burgess did with his parents. Not fun, but at the same time, very thought provoking and at times very funny like when Steve's Dad was trying to use the cordless phone to change the channel on the TV.
Let me put it this way - it was the best $20 I have ever spent (and I didn't even spend $20 on it).
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