Human Parts
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Human Parts

This Is Us

My Mother Wants a Pill

Extreme longevity is a mixed blessing — at best

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“Why can’t I just take a pill?” my mother has pleaded over and over since she turned 100. “I don’t want to be here anymore.”

It’s a perfectly reasonable question, with no good answer. And that’s just not fair. Not to our family, nor to anyone who’s simply had enough of the…

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Aimee Liu

Aimee Liu

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Author, Asian-American novels (Glorious Boy), nonfiction on eating disorders (Gaining), writing, wellness. Published @Hachette. MFA & more@ aimeeliu.net