Dr. Francine Kaufman’s latest book is a novel entitled Rhythms. It is available on Amazon, in a Kindle edition and in paperback. Rhythms is a family drama centered around the death of the protagonist’s elderly, frail mother. The novel takes place over three days, but toggles back and forth in time to introduce the reader to the characters and their lives. The three days in the present show how all-consuming caring for an elderly parent can be – particularly when that parent resides in your home.

Dr. Kaufman is perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed nonfiction book Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America – And What We Must Do to Stop It. (Bantam, 2005.) She has written more than 220 peer-reviewed articles.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Kaufman has been one of America’s foremost researchers into childhood diabetes. She is a director, volunteer faculty member and former head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In May 2009, Dr. Kaufman became chief medical officer and vice president of Global Diabetes for Medtronic, Inc. Dr. Kaufman is also distinguished emerita professor of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Southern California. Dr. Kaufman continues to see patients as an attending physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


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Selected Editorial Reviews

This story focuses on the very real and very important issue of elder care, especially relevant to the so-called “sandwich generation,” now caught between taking care of their aging parents (who may also be living with Alzheimer’s or dementia) and their own children — not to mention trying to take care of themselves.

The ending also has a surprise twist, which was even more of an emotional roller-coaster, that eventually brought a smile to my heart once all was resolved.

Mike Hoskins, writing in Diabetes Mine, healthnet.com

As the caregiver to parents with Alzheimer’s and author of a book about it, I found Rhythms to be a most compelling novel. The fascinating cast of characters unfold through creative time warping, shedding light into their world amid the rollercoaster of coping with chronic illness. Along the way we gain profound insights into the caregiving journey of a loved one living in the home and grief. Ultimately, the reader finds compassion, comfort and hope that they are now better equipped to manage their own eldercare journey. 

Jacqueline Marcell, Author, ‘Elder Rage’

I am so blown away by this book and its amazing author, Francine Kaufman! Wow, I had no idea that I was going to be this impressed. I was able to get into the “Rhythm” and found myself reading into the wee hours of the evening. The ending was bittersweet and powerful and I was satisfied with the conclusion. Recommend for fans of general fiction/women’s fiction/ relationship/family drama. (5 stars) 

Jean Oliver – Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

I still have tears in my eyes from reading that ending! That was so unbelievably touching. A wonderful novel from start to finish. But be warned, you might need some tissues. Highly recommend! (5 stars)

Nicola Flood – Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Selected Articles about the Book

Physician’s New Book ‘Rhythms’ Reveals the Personal Side of Medicine, by Rabbi Naomi Levi, writing in Jewish Journal


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