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The crisis of living too long

Sep 22, 2018 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Previous winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her new book is All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir.

My parents used to say that when they got too old to look after themselves, they would join hands, run to the compost heap in their back garden and jump in. They meant the big wooden crate of compost next to the black cherry tree that had toppled from old age. They would go together, their senses of humour intact.

That's not how it happened for them, however. They held onto their...