The Death Law

by Claire Cole Curcio



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/14/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781480822344
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781480822337
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 396
ISBN : 9781480822351

About the Book

In the early decades of the twenty-first century, Congress unexpectedly passes a law stating that citizens over the age of seventy who can no longer care of themselves are subject to euthanasia by the government. When it is signed by the president, the so-called death law—hidden as a rider on legislation related to defense spending and designed to end a government shutdown—the public is appalled.

Julia Sanchez, a veteran congressional staffer in her late fifties, is determined to fight the new law; her parents, Henry and Beatriz, are in their seventies and are in its crosshairs. Along the way, she joins forces with journalist Jake Jordan, who is vigorous and active in his career despite being in his midsixties. As the two work to counteract the law, they find themselves drawn more and more to each other, and Jake gradually becomes involved with Julia’s parents and their caregiver, Hattie. Can their combined efforts overcome the cruelty of the death law?

In this novel, a congressional aide and an investigative journalist struggle against the terrible threat of a law ordering the death of senior citizens no longer able to care for themselves.

“While readers will be charmed by the beautiful story of love and devotion, both familial and romantic, they will also be challenged by the horrifying idea of a society willing to throw out its elderly.”

—Ann Bernardi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

About the Author

Claire Cole Curcio is a professor emerita at Virginia Tech, a former English and math teacher and school counselor, and a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. She and her partner, Selby McCash, a fellow writer, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Outer Banks, North Carolina.