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Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness
by Carolyn Ellis
foreword by Arthur Bochner
Temple University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-4399-1717-6 | Paper: 978-1-4399-1716-9 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-1715-2
Library of Congress Classification RC776.E5W454 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.1962480092

In this revised and expanded edition of Final Negotiations—a personal account of caring for her partner, Gene Weinstein, and then coping with losing him to chronic emphysema— Ellis reflects back on her experiences as a caregiver, focusing on identity, vulnerability, emotions, and the aging process of an engaged academic. Now, decades later, she reconsiders who she was then, and how she has continued to be affected both by these events and by writing about them. She contemplates how she might act, think, and feel if she were going through the caregiving process again, now.

Taking an autoethnographic perspective, Ellis focuses on her feeling and thinking self in relationships, narrating particular lived experiences that offer a gateway into understanding interpersonal and cultural life. In her new epilogue, “From New Endings to New Beginnings,” Ellis describes her changed identity and how Final Negotiations informs her life and her understanding of how she and her current partner grow older together. She hopes her book provides companionship and comfort to readers who also will suffer loss in their lives.

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