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Description - My Father's Keeper by Jonathan Silin

"My Father's Keeper" is the moving story of Jonathan Silin, a gay man in midlife who learned to care for his elderly parents as a series of life-threatening illnesses forced them to make the difficult transition from being independent to being reliant on their son. Their new needs and unrelenting demands brought them into intimate daily contact and radically transformed what had been a difficult and emotionally fraught relationship. "My Father's Keeper" chronicles the unexpected ways in which the ideas and skills Silin acquired as an early childhood educator, a specialist in life span development, and a compassionate witness to the devastation of the HIV/AIDS crisis came together with his interest in human psychology to deeply inform his thinking about the dramatic changes in his family's life and increasingly influence his role as his father's (and mother's) keeper. Through the months and years of his parents' decline, Silin reflects on their history as a family, recalling the pain of his father's psychological struggles through midlife and the uneasy, imperfect process of accepting his son as a gay man and accepting his son's partner into the family. "My Father's Keeper" is a book about beginnings and endings, loss and redemption, the ethics of intervention, and the pressing needs of two extremely vulnerable populations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807079652
ISBN-10: 0807079650
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jonathan Silin

Jonathan G. Silin, a member of the graduate faculty at Bank Street College of Education in New York, has published articles in "Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, " and "Educational Theory, " as well as in more popular periodicals such as "Newsday, The Chronicle of Higher Education, " and "Education Week." He is the author of "Sex, Death, and the Education of Children, " coeditor of "Putting the Children First, " and coproducer of "Children Talk About AIDS." "From the Hardcover edition."