Is it our responsibility to keep people alive or to help them die a good death?
Frances Baldwin is ready to die. Prepared to deny further medical care that might save her, she asks her son to help her bring closure to a well-lived life. Can William, a philosophical med-school dropout, honor his mother without tearing himself and his family apart? To help her die, he must face off against the medical community and the system that is trying to keep her alive regardless of the quality of life she will lead. To lose her, he must find her and find himself.
Finding Frances is a powerful exploration of a family's uncharted emotional terrain set against the larger cultural and ethical issues of death in the 21st century. It's a gently, upbeat, and off-beat exploration of the love beneath a family's defenses and contrary positions. Based on true events, it is an inspirational story about a woman who died as she lived: with dignity, humor and occasional flashes of brilliance.
"It is a real joy to read this novel. The journey on this planet has a beginning and an end...We have to ease the burdens of the final goodbye and relearn the naturalness of dying..." (Lofty Basta, MD, Author of "Graceful Exit" and "Life and Death on Your Own Terms")