The Fifth Season

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Counterpoint, 2000 - Fiction - 246 pages
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"Within hours of visiting his aging parents in Fort Lauderdale, sixty-year old Teddy Neel realizes his parents are in a lot worse shape than he imagined. His father, Able, a corporate man who had made a little fortune in the stock market and as a mid-level executive at Union Carbide, is in four-point restraints in Bed Two on the fifth floor of a hospital having lost his left kidney to cancer. Teddy's mother Lillian, who is largely blind, is in the midstages of Alzheimer's, a matter that has been cloaked by her husband's protective ruses and her lovely but increasingly empty manners." "The older man has bullied and held sway over his family for much of their lives, and the rift between father and son has been wide. As Ted struggles to help his father prepare for his final days, the two of them attempt to mend the long-standing strain in their relationship."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The Fifth Season is also Downs's fifth novel (Living Together, 1983, etc.): a small gem that details the poignant realities of old age as a 60-year-old son, trying to help his ailing parents ... Read full review


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When Teddy Neel goes to Fort Lauderdale to care for his 90-year-old mother (partially blind and with Alzheimer's) while his father has surgery for kidney cancer, he confronts not only his parents ... Read full review


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