Marry Me Peter Pan
Original title: Marie-moi, Peter Pan
For lovers of raw emotion and finely crafted fiction. An authentic voice that features emotionally charged, complex, and explosive dialogues. Élizabeth has always been able to count on Doriane, her best friend since childhood, to face life’s greatest joys and furies. But when Élizabeth receives her diagnosis, she suddenly finds herself facing a degenerative illness alone.
And so Élizabeth paints. Wild neon cats, why not? She paints away the anguish that is consuming her. She paints so the children will have something to remember their mother and her creative madness by. But the fear of decline slowly eats away at her; the illness, she is told, will not kill her. It will simply take everything from her — down to her smile and her right to choose, to decide that the time has come to fly away to Neverland and join Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. But the government will not grant her this choice and her family doesn’t want to hear of it. It is up to Élizabeth to find her own solution, a death by her own design.
The author, who suffers from a neurodegenerative disease herself, offers a candid exploration of the world of the terminally ill. The text’s wry humor provides a brilliant foil for the pathos often associated with illness and death.The occasionally transgressive references to medical assistance in dying prompts the reader to feel, rather than consider, the issue’s deeper implications.