Dr. Francine Kaufman writes about her novel:
Rhythms is a family drama centered around the death of the protagonist’s elderly, frail mother. It takes place over three days, but toggles back and forth in time to introduce the reader to the characters and their lives.The three days in the present show how all-consuming caring for an elderly parent can be, particularly when that parent resides in your home.
I was motivated by the power of families keeping secrets. I was also moved to write to come to terms with the death of my own mother. I did care for my own mother when she was dying in my home. I tried to reveal the fear, disgust, and rawness of realizing you have become your mother’s mother. I also tried to show how this intermingles with the realization that many of us don’t really know all there is to know about our own mothers.
Rhythms is the story of the woman raised in a time when the world wanted her to believe she could do anything and everything. Only Rebecca could determine for herself at what sacrifice that had to be done – and cope with the angst of never feeling she could do enough. Perhaps it’s a feminist story about an empowered, effective woman who is a doctor and scientist, but it also shows the emotional ties that a woman needs to thrive as a mother and wife.
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Dr. Francine Kaufman is perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed nonfiction book Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America – And What We Must Do to Stop It; (Bantam; 2005). She has a long list of technical writing as well as books and more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.