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Reviewed by Susana Pena for Readers' Favorite
Mother, Can You Hear Me? A Mother/Daughter Story by Joy Ross Davis is a heartfelt book that reflects on the author’s experiences, emotions, and coping mechanisms during the time when she took care of her aging mother. Mrs. Frawley was a woman of great inner strength and she had been struggling with dementia, hearing loss, and mobility limitations. However, her colorful personality and humor were vividly present throughout the book and they helped people cope with the realities of life. The overwhelming caregiver responsibilities, demands, and endless fatigue took a toll on the author, but it was evident that she loved her mother very much and her passing caused her tremendous sorrow.
I enjoyed reading Mother, Can You Hear Me? by Joy Ross Davis because it taught me the realities of elderly caregiving responsibilities. The endless and tiring routine of feeding, changing, washing, and being responsible for their overall well-being was a real eye opener. Our parents did this for us as babies and in the end the roles are reversed and we end up caring for them, perhaps as a form of payback? This book also made me appreciate my mother and her siblings more for taking care of my aging and bed-ridden grandmother a few years ago. They too endured “battle fatigue” and sleepless nights. Mrs. Frawley’s charm and bluntness in this book made her stand out as quite an unforgettable character. Overall, this was a quick and great read!