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Cecile and Lynette were living on an “Old MacDonald”-style hobby farm, commuting into the city for work. Each evening Lyn would come home to a farm full of animals and the unpredictable Cec. She could be brilliant, insightful, engaging. She could also turn on Lyn, suddenly and cruelly.

After eight-and-a-half years, just as Lyn had decided to leave and was beginning to plan her exit, Cec became seriously ill. Almost overnight Lyn found herself in the role of caregiver at Cec’s hospital bedside.

“Lyn’s a terrible nurse,” Cec would tell visitors and Lyn knew she was right. Lyn was awkward and jumpy, her timing invariably wrong. She felt trapped, and furious at having to stay, guilty for wanting to flee.

Lyn spent long days and nights at Cec’s bedside, imagining how death would come and contemplating a relationship gone wrong. “Impossible to set this right,” Lyn thought, as she lay curled on a small cot in Cec’s room.

One last time Cec surprised her.

Cease is a blunt and honest account of experiences that are usually kept hidden. Told with a frank and intimate voice, Cease offers an unsentimental look at the inner workings of a uniquely difficult relationship that is revealed for what it is – more human than strange.

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Cecile and Lynette were living on an “Old MacDonald”-style hobby farm, commuting into the city for work. Each evening Lyn would come home to a farm full of animals and the unpredictable Cec. She could be brilliant, insightful, engaging. She could also turn on Lyn, suddenly and cruelly.

After eight-and-a-half years, just as Lyn had decided to leave and was beginning to plan her exit, Cec became seriously ill. Almost overnight Lyn found herself in the role of caregiver at Cec’s hospital bedside.

“Lyn’s a terrible nurse,” Cec would tell visitors and Lyn knew she was right. Lyn was awkward and jumpy, her timing invariably wrong. She felt trapped, and furious at having to stay, guilty for wanting to flee.

Lyn spent long days and nights at Cec’s bedside, imagining how death would come and contemplating a relationship gone wrong. “Impossible to set this right,” Lyn thought, as she lay curled on a small cot in Cec’s room.

One last time Cec surprised her.

Cease is a blunt and honest account of experiences that are usually kept hidden. Told with a frank and intimate voice, Cease offers an unsentimental look at the inner workings of a uniquely difficult relationship that is revealed for what it is – more human than strange.

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Lynette Loeppky

Lynette Loeppky was born and raised on the flat Manitoba prairie where the summer rain is always warm. She graduated from the University of Calgary then stumbled into a corporate sales career. Lynette has travelled extensively and lived for a time in Europe, but counts amongst her greatest adventures the eight years she and her partner Cecile tended an Old MacDonald-style hobby farm in southern Alberta. She lives in Calgary with her dogs, Noddy and Charlie, who do an excellent job of getting her away from her computer and out into the elements on a daily basis. Cease is her first book.

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