A blend of memoir and feminist cultural critique, Already Toast investigates how all-consuming caregiving can be, how difficult it is to find relief, and how narratives that lock women into providing unpaid emotional labor also keep them in unpaid caregiving roles.
Timely: with its unique perspective on the intersection of emotional labor, our broken healthcare system, and our ageing population, it is poised to capture the zeitgeist.
Enormous potential audience among 43.5 million unpaid family caregivers in the US. This is one of the first books written for them by one of their own—giving voice to their story, long kept silent.
For readers of Gemma Hartley, Rebecca Solnit, and Mona Eltahawy.
Author’s growing platform on care work: Kate is planning to publish multiple articles on care work in the months leading up to our publication, helping to hone her platform as a to-go writer on the topic.
Timepeg: Our projected March on-sale will allow us to tie this title to Women’s History Month. Kate has also expressed interest in promoting the book at Authors on the Move—the premier literary event in her city, Sacramento—which is held in March.
Universal appeal: Almost everyone at some point will need to provide care for a sick or dying loved one. Kate sharing her story will show caregivers that they are not alone and that they don’t always have to stay positive. They are allowed to share their struggles, frustrations, feelings of resentment, and burnout.
Reveals how little support there is for millions of people in a caregiving role by highlighting the extent to which unpaid family caregivers are propping up our healthcare system, to the point of being forced to provide 24-hour care and carry out essential nursing tasks because insurance won’t cover them.
“This is a timely and crucial appeal.”
—Booklist, Starred Review
“A biting critique of how America is failing its unpaid caregivers…. The result is a bracing antidote to ‘sentimentalized narratives’ that cast unpaid caregiving as its own reward when, the author makes clear, better Family and Medical Leave Act benefits would be far more useful…A startling, hard-hitting story of a family medical disaster made worse by cultural insensitivities to caregivers.”
“[A] wrenching debut…Washington’s tale serves as both an evocative memoir and a strident call to action.”
“Vitally important…A gift to caregivers everywhere…If we are ever to untangle this multi-limbed crisis, it will be with large thanks to Washington.”
—Abby Maslin, author of Love You Hard
“Already Toast is a must-read for those concerned about the coming crisis of care and those currently facing the challenges of the caregiver life. Kate Washington describes caring for her husband suffering from cancer while raising two small children and, in doing so, is not afraid to ask tough questions about how we think about care—an activity both highly valued and taken for granted. A moving, lucidly written true story, Already Toast offers a glimpse into the lives of millions of Americans who give selflessly by providing care to sick, disabled, and/or elderly loved ones, but who pay a steep price in their emotional and physical health and financial stability. Washington argues eloquently that we urgently need to change how we view this practice if we wish to build a compassionate, truly caring society.”
—Chris Gabbard, author of A Life Beyond Reason
“Kate Washington movingly describes caring for her extremely ill husband…. With [a] keen wit to leaven her load, Washington&rsrquo;s description of a young family turned upside down and the difficulty in finding support and respite hits home, and underscores the societal cost of millions of unpaid family caregivers.”
—Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
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