The Weight We Carry
by Christina Consolino
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2023
Marissa Raffaelo-Moretta is used to shouldering the burden. As the middle child, she's played the mediator role for longer than she cares to admit. As a mother, she's taken on the exhausting task of primary caregiver. And as a daughter and nurse practitioner, she's spent her adult life being responsible for her parents' physical and mental health.
When her stubborn and impulsive father, Frank, falls and refuses to stay at rehab, she and her brothers bring him home, and Marissa upends her life: she temporarily moves into her parents' house, which takes precious time away from her two sons and jeopardizes her job. Soon, Marissa recognizes that life as they've all known it is about to change: while Frank's ineffective legs are worrisome, her mother Angie's memory issues might be a more urgent dilemma.
A heartbreaking and emotional story of the toll that health crises can have on an entire family, The Weight We Carry reminds us of the fine line between reliance and independence, tending and mothering, and love and obligation.
A Note From the Publisher
"The Weight We Carry actually made me feel lighter. Consolino beautifully captures the frustrating, heartbreaking reality of dealing with aging, failing parents." -Katrina Kittle, author of Morning in This Broken World
Average rating from 5 members
As a caregiver for many years for both of my parents in addition to my job I could hughlynrelate to the content of this novel. I’m very anxious to share my full thoughts and review on this title I find this to be a helpful resource to many going through similar things as well. The caregiver life can sometimes be very lonely and isolating.
I could not put this book down -- not only is it well written, it also resonated with me personally on many levels. I too am a middle child between two brothers. We are also dealing with aging parents and health issues. What makes this book so compelling are the characters and how the author alternates chapters from their various points-of-view. Particularly poignant was reading the chapters from the father's point of view (and separately the mother's). It helped to build empathy in their stories. I highly recommend this book. This book made me think and made me feel -- a great testament to the author's writing.
Thank you to Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for an ARC and I voluntarily left this review.