#AprilAtoZ Challenge C: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted.


A very touching, while also very funny account of the author’s experience of handling and dealing with problems attached to ageing parents. Told in the form of comic strip and cartoon and using family photos and documents to tell the story. The themes in this book would be common to many readers, and are issues that many struggle with – ageing and infirm elderly parents leaving their family home to live in an institution, and all the feelings and dramas that brings.

My Thoughts

This is an incredibly touching, while also humorous, account of two lives coming to a close while their only child struggles with doing all she can for them, and at the same time honoring their long lives. The writing is beautifully personal, emotional and very moving.

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is a beautifully presented hardcover book in cartoon form. Many of the cartoons and drawings are ‘laugh out loud’ funny while at the same time,  heartbreakingly sad.


This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to read it. Since reading it, I’ve also dipped in and out of different sections at times. It’s possible to delve into small sections and still enjoy and indentify with the trials of trying to do the best by ageing parents.

It also made me wonder about my own children and how I could make my ageing easier for them. In my opinion this book is ‘must read’.

“A touching, unflinching, darkly hilarious account of her mother and father’s physical and mental declines, their deaths within two years of each other, and her anxious, loving exertions to ease their passages…..Memorial services seek to provide consolations and perhaps a glimpse of guidance for speaker and mourners alike. Chast’s rich graphic elegy, at once subversive and sustaining, offers both’ – Dan Wasserman, The Boston Globe.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About The Author

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Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn. She has been a cartoonist for the New Yorker since 1978 and has written and illustrated many books.

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13 thoughts on “#AprilAtoZ Challenge C: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

  1. Jennifer, Sounds reading this and enjoying the cartoons would give people with older parents a break as they try to “manage” the situation best they can. I shared the post with a closed group I belong to on Facebook as even today one of the group mentioned the trials of having aging parents.

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  2. This sounds like an interesting book. And in cartoons, you say? This can actually be a very sensitive subject for most. So I wonder how they did it through cartoons.
    Anyway, good thinking to plan ahead for your old age. Also, I would say, maybe talk about it in advance with the kids. Prepare them mentally, so to speak.
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