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Finding Rosa

A Mother with Alzheimer's, a Daughter in Search of the Past

Regular price $19.95
  • ISBN: 9781553655268
  • Tags: Biography & Memoir, Caterina Edwards,
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5
  • Published On: 02/01/2010
  • 352 Pages

When her mother, Rosa, begins to show signs of dementia, Caterina Edwards embarks on myriad journeys—geographical, intellectual, emotional—that become a search for the meaning of the past and of home. As Rosa loses her memory and her self, Edwards travels to Istria, now part of Croatia. There she discovers the suppressed history of Istria—the ethnic cleansing of her mother's people—and uncovers Rosa's personal losses.

Caught in that ever-growing "sandwich generation" of women caring for both their children and their ailing, aging parents, Edwards balances the demands of raising teenage daughters with the pressure of dealing with her deteriorating mother. And in leaving her place of comfort and travelling into the past and into the future, Edwards braves the darkness with and for her mother.

Caterina Edwards was born in England of an English father and an Italian mother. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Alberta and has taught Canadian literature and creative writing at post-secondary institutions in Edmonton, where she currently lives. In 1997-98, she was the writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. Her books include the short story collection Island of the Nightingales.


"Finding Rosa is a compelling work by a skilled writer who draws the reader along on two intensely personal journeys: Rosa's and her own." -Edmonton Journal

"Finding Rosa is a fascinating story of two journeys. The first is Rosa's, as Alzheimer's disease leads this ageing woman deep into the netherworld of fear, confusion and loneliness. The second journey belongs to her daughter, Edmonton author Caterina Edwards, as she tries to cope with her mother's decline by delving into Rosa's mysterious and troubled past." -National Post

"Finding Rosa . . . is a funny, searching, honest, and deeply compassionate book. Anyone who has ever cared for an aging relative or a challenging child (or both), anyone who has ever felt burdened by the demands of the caregiver role will sympathize with Edwards' predicament." -Prairie Fire

"Caterina gives us her experiences in an openly honest portrayal of the frustrations she encounters. In finding her mother she is also finding herself." -Vista Magazine

"Edwards had produced a competent, engaging, even a (historically speaking) groundbreaking work." -Literary Review of Canada