This is the love story of a career-driven mother, a once-resentful daughter, and a ten-year battle with Alzheimer's. At a time when such things were rare, Elinor Fuchs's mother, Lil, escaped a miserable marriage, took back her maiden name, left young Elinor to be raised by grandparents, and launched a career that led her from the midwest to Washington, D.C. Rejoining her as an adolescent, Elinor watched as Lil traveled the world selling automotive parts and military gear, gave fabulous parties, and 'in any given room, took up all the air there was.' With her stunning looks and drive for success, Lil was a figure to admire, not a mother to love. Elinor determined to despise her mother's values and, once in college, to keep her distance. 'Making an Exit' is the account of what happened afterward, during the final years of Lil's life.