Imperfect Endings

A Daughter's Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go

Imperfect Endings

Zoe Carter’s busy life on the West Coast with her husband and daughters takes an unexpected detour when her glamorous, independent-minded mother, Margaret, tired of living with Parkinson’s disease, decides she wants to “end things.” As Zoe and her sisters negotiate over whether or not they should support Margaret’s choice and who should be there at the end, their discussions stir up old alliances and animosities, along with memories of a childhood dominated by their elegant mother and philandering father. Capturing the stresses and the joys of the “sandwich generation” while bringing a provocative new perspective to the assisted suicide debate, Imperfect Endings is the uplifting story of a woman determined to die on her own terms and the family who has to learn to let her go.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439148310 | 
  • March 2011
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Zoe FitzGerald Carter chats about IMPERFECT ENDINGS

Zoe Carter’s wrenching memoir about a family coming to terms with the mother’s plan, after a long and difficult illness, to commit suicide.

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Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Photograph by Cathy Cooke Evers

Zoe FitzGerald Carter

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and has written for numerous publications including New York magazine, The New York Observer, Premiere, and various national magazines. Imperfect Endings is her first memoir. It won first place in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's literary contest and was a finalist at The San Francisco Writer's Conference. Zoe lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

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