Mother of My Mother: The Intricate Bond Between Generations

Mother of My Mother: The Intricate Bond Between Generations by Hope Edelman 0385317964 9780385317962
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In her bestsellingMotherless Daughters, Hope Edelman articulated the effects of early mother loss with stunning courage and honesty. In doing so, she helped hundreds of thousands of women heal. Now, in her new book--part memoir, part reportage--she brilliantly explores the three-generational triangle from which women develop their female identities: the grandmother-mother-granddaughter relationship. Edelman writes that her grandmother and her mother together defined the terms mother, daughter, and woman for me. The three of us, in my memory, are separate yet linked, like sequential pearls on a strand. Drawing from her own experience and the recollections of more than seventy other granddaughters, Edelman constructs an eloquent, insightful narrative filled with stories of women who were each others nurturers, confidantes, nemeses, and day-to-day supporters, among other roles. At the center of all these stories stands the maternal grandmother. In the pages ofMother of My Mother, readers will meet the Gentle Giant, the matriarch who exercises behind-the-scenes power in her family; the Autocrat, who rules her extended clan like a despot; and the Kinkeeper, the grandmother who acts as the familys social, cultural, or religious center. Then, of course, there is Edelmans own maternal grandmother, the Benevolent Manipulator, whose love for her family is rivaled only by her desire for control. Edelmans complicated, challenging, and dynamic relationship with her colorful, opinionated, ubiquitous, stubborn, loving, patient . . . grandmother is the consistent thread that runs throughout the book.

Author: Hope Edelman

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: The Dial Press

Publication Date: 1999-04-13

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