Dining with Death is a blood-and-guts, bitter love-song to aging.
Wakefield, QC, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Moses Znaimer calls hip middle-aged
folk "Zoomers". His "Boomers with zip" are hurriedly bumping aside Canada's
original seniors. So where does that leave our old Old Folk? If Zophia
Žvirgzdas has her way, we'll stop putting them out to pasture. We'll stop
isolating seniors from multi-generational communities, and stop making
decisions about where they'll live and how they will live. Let's face it;
Canada's seniors have earned the right to call the shots in how they'll live
out the rest of their lives. And if that means a one-night-stand in the middle
of the afternoon, a Gray Power riot against an all-pervasive pharmaceutical
chain, or walking topless to Expose the Myths about breast health...so be it.
Zophia Zvirgzdas, the aging protagonist of Dining with Death, proves that
not all senior citizens are willing to be shuffled off quietly to await the
arrival the Angel of Death. Join Zophia and her friends as they prepare to be
evicted from Babylon Towers - a decrepit downtown state-subsidized apartment -
to head out to an air-conditioned seniors' residence in an abandoned canola
field. Greener pastures?
"This books reads like a blood-and-guts, bitter love-song to ageing. It
tackles a lot of tough issues - getting old, dying alone, cancer, widowhood,
suicide, poverty - with a twinkle in its (metaphorical) eye. And there's lots
of sex." Christine Dearden, She Reads Books
"Themes are topical and deadly serious, but Ms Molloy uses endless
humour, and much word play ... should be thoroughly digested along with a
bottle of red wine." Rose Ann Reid, The Reader
"It flows from raunchy to heart-wrenching with a stylish narrative voice
that promises more great things to come." Chelsea Edgell, The Source
As friends leave her state-subsidized seniors' building, "Goodbye for
now" becomes goodbye forever. Afraid to die alone, Zophia Žvirgzdas hunts
for the perfect gay grandson. Can a topless walkathon, a marriage proposal, or
the misadventures of a seeing-eye monkey distract her from her pursuit of
progeny? Will the Angel of Death convince her that life is for the Living -
before it's too late?
Order Dining with Death and La Mort au menu (adaption française : Gisèle
Lamontagne) from Chelsea Books email@example.com 819-827-7752 or online
via the book website.
Dining with Death
(illustrator: Derek Potts)
La Mort au menu
(adaption française : Gisèle Lamontagne)
2008, p. 305
www.diningwithdeath.ca / www.lamortaumenu.ca
Full reviews, author interviews, story-inspired recipes, and book club
discussion points are posted on the websites.
Author's Blog: www.kathleenmolloy.offo.ca
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Kathleen's author royalties go into a scholarship in Žvirgzdas' name
for a thesis student working on issues faced by Canadian senior citizens. To
contribute to the scholarship fund or to apply, please visit the websites.
For further information:
For further information: E. Frankland, Ev's Bookshelf, (905) 792-2435,