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The End of Eve

The End of Eve

At age 39, Ariel Gore has everything she’s always wanted: a successful writing career, a long-term partnership, a beautiful if tiny home, a daughter in college and a son in preschool. But life’s happy endings don’t always last. If it’s not one thing, after all, it’s your mother. Her name is Eve. Her epic temper tantrums have already gotten her banned from three cab companies in Portland. And she’s here to announce that she’s dying. “Pitifully, Ariel,” she sighs. “You’re all I have.” Ariel doesn’t want to take care of her crazy dying mother, but she knows she will. It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it? And, anyway, how long could it go on? “Don’t worry,” Eve says. “If I’m ever a burden, I’ll just blow my brains out.” Amidst the chaos of clowns and hospice workers, pie and too much whiskey, Ariel’s own ten-year relationship begins to unravel. Darkly humorous and intimately human, The End of Eve redefines the meaning of family and everything we’ve ever been taught to call “love.”

Book One - Hobo Birds

Chapter 1. All About Eve

Chapter 2. Pele, Have Mercy

Chapter 3. Agendas

Chapter 4. I Love My Garden

Chapter 5. Mother as Metaphor

Chapter 6. San Quentin

Chapter 7. Clowns and Caregivers

Book Two - Cities of the Interior

Chapter 8. Water in the Desert

Chapter 9. What If I Lived Here?

Chapter 10. Conquest

Chapter 11. Trends in Bleeding and Dying

Chapter 12. Curses

Chapter 13. Lung Cancer Noir

Chapter 14. The Water’s Edge

Chapter 15. Bell, Book and Candle

Chapter 16. The Smell of Death

Book Three: Underground

Chapter 17. Blindfold

Chapter 18. A Place to Hide

Chapter 19. The Fires

Chapter 20. Mime Wave

Chapter 21. You Can’t Afford to Look Cheap

Chapter 22. The Winged House

Chapter 23. If My Lungs Were Wings

Chapter 24. The Mine Shaft Tavern

Book Four - The Feasts of Baba Yaga

Chapter 25. Marked Women

Chapter 26. What We All Call Love

Chapter 27. Pirates are Beautiful

Chapter 28. Pot Stickers at Yummy Café

Chapter 29. Light and Other Scattered Words

Chapter 30. Poodles and All

Chapter 31. My Mother’s Memoir

Chapter 32. Seven Swords

Chapter 33. The Heart Sutra

Chapter 34. Moveable Feasts

Chapter 35. Kitchen World

Chapter 36. Ink and Story