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The Mercy Papers

Robin Romm

When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician," saying, "hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay." In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost. From the Compact Disc edition.

When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician," saying, "hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay." In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost. From the Compact Disc edition.
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When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician," saying, "hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay." In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ann Marie Lee

Length:

6h 14m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:50


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:29


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:24


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:24


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:12


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:40


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:09


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:42


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:51


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:02


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:22


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:22