After a full life, the writer Valerie Lester retired to a residential hospice and set about enjoying the final act of her life. She knew just where she wanted to be, with whom, doing what, and she communicated this to her family and friends with great clarity. Absolutely Delicious: A Chronicle of Extraordinary Dying describes the months novelist Alison Lester spent with her mother, prior to her death from terminal cancer. Alison tells how her mother chose to approach the end of her life with the same positive energy with which she had lived. Woven into the narrative are poems both by Alison and her mother as they shared the impulse to grapple with life’s challenges through poetry.