What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

Edited by Michele Filgate. Simon & Schuster, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-1-982107-34-5
Filgate, contributing editor at Literary Hub, collects a fascinating set of reflections on what it is like to be a son or daughter. One of this anthology’s strengths lies in its diversity, both in the racial and socioeconomic backgrounds represented, and in the experiences depicted—some loving, others abusive. The strongest pieces are the most revealing: in Kiese Laymon’s essay about “the harm and abuse I’ve inflicted on people who loved me,” he asks “Why do I... want to lie?”—a question that resounds throughout this book. Nayomi Munaweera offers an attention-grabbing account of growing up in an immigrant household and with a mother with a personality disorder, while Brandon Taylor conveys the shattering pain of verbal and physical abuse. In a sunnier entry, Leslie Jamison explores the magic of having a great mom and describes the spell cast by a parent shaped by hippie-era Berkeley. Despite the title, the contributors find it difficult to talk about what’s unsaid, with most discussing what has already been spoken. Nevertheless, the range of stories and styles represented in this collection makes for rich and rewarding reading. Agent: Melissa Flashman, Janklow & Nesbit. (May)
Reviewed on : 01/14/2019
Release date: 04/01/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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