The Resource Motherland

Motherland

Label
Motherland
Title
Motherland
Statement of responsibility
Elissa Altman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"I'm reading this book right now and loving it!"—Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WildHow can a mother and daughter who love (but don't always like) each other coexist without driving each other crazy? "A wry and moving meditation on aging and the different kinds of love between women."—O: The Oprah Magazine ("2019's Best LGBTQ Books") After surviving a traumatic childhood in nineteen-seventies New York and young adulthood living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother, Rita, a makeup-addicted former television singer, Elissa Altman has managed to build a very different life, settling in Connecticut with her wife of nearly twenty years. After much time, therapy, and wine, Elissa is at last in a healthy place, still orbiting around her mother but keeping far enough away to preserve the stable, independent world she has built as a writer and editor. Then Elissa is confronted with the unthinkable: Rita, whose days are spent as a flâneur, traversing Manhattan from the Clinique counters at Bergdorf to Bloomingdale's and back again, suffers an incapacitating fall, leaving her completely dependent upon her daughter. Now Elissa is forced to finally confront their profound differences, Rita's yearning for beauty and glamour, her view of the world through her days in the spotlight, and the money that has mysteriously disappeared in the name of preserving youth. To sustain their fragile mother-daughter bond, Elissa must navigate the turbulent waters of their shared lives, the practical challenges of caregiving for someone who refuses to accept it, the tentacles of narcissism, and the mutual, frenetic obsession that has defined their relationship. Motherland is a story that touches every home and every life, mapping the ferocity of maternal love, moral obligation, the choices women make about motherhood, and the possibility of healing. Filled with tenderness, wry irreverence, and unforgettable characters, it is an exploration of what it means to escape from the shackles of the past only to have to face them all over again.Praise for Motherland"Rarely has a mother-daughter relationship been excavated with such honesty. Elissa Altman is a beautiful, big-hearted writer who mines her most central subject: her gorgeous, tempestuous, difficult mother, and the terrain of their shared life. The result is a testament to the power of love and family."—Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance"Vibrating with emotion, this deeply honest account strikes a chord."—People
Summary
A gay, taciturn writer and her narcissistic Manhattan singer mother are forced to navigate their codependent relationship when an accident places the latter in the former's care
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
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10801329
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
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Altman, Elissa
Dewey number
  • 306.8743092
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Family & Relationships
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a memoir of love, loathing, and longing
Label
Motherland
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:6175b5bf-7926-49b9-a3c6-00d97ad7c474
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780399181597
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Motherland
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:6175b5bf-7926-49b9-a3c6-00d97ad7c474
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780399181597
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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