Monday Evening Book Club March Selection

All things consoled

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 11 in the 2nd floor Training Room to discuss the memoir All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir by Elizabeth Hay.

About the book…

Jean and Gordon Hay were a colourful, formidable pair. Jean, a late-blooming artist with a marvellous sense of humour, was superlatively frugal; nothing got wasted, not even maggoty soup. Gordon was a proud and ambitious schoolteacher with a terrifying temper, a deep streak of melancholy, and a devotion to flowers, cars, words, and his wife. As old age collides with the tragedy of living too long, these once ferociously independent parents become increasingly dependent on Lizzie, the so-called difficult child. By looking after them in their final decline, she hopes to prove that she can be a good daughter after all.
In this courageous memoir, written with tough-minded candour, tenderness, and wit, Elizabeth Hay lays bare the exquisite agony of a family’s dynamics–entrenched favouritism, sibling rivalries, grievances that last for decades, genuine admiration, and enduring love. In the end, she reaches a more complete understanding of the most
unforgettable characters she will ever know, the vivid giants in her life who were her parents.

About Elizabeth Hay (by the author)

An interview with Elizabeth Hay: The guilt and anguish of looking after elderly parents (Macleans)

Elizabeth Hay on back-seat inspiration and Jane Austen’s ghost (CBC)

Review in Quill and Quire

Review: Elizabeth Hay presents a powerful memoir of her parents final years (Artsfile)

Review: Elizabeth Hay brings family drama to life

Elizabeth Hay talks to Shelagh Rogers about All Things Consoled (CBC)

Fiction about complicated families to help you navigate holiday dysfunction (CBC)


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