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What My Mother and I Don't Talk about

Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

Michele Filgate
"You will devour these beautifully written--and very important--tales of honesty, pain, and resilience" (Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls) from fifteen brilliant writers who explore how what we don't talk about with our mothers affects us, for better or for worse.
As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize that she was actually trying to write about how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. This gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers.
Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer's hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn't interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. André Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything.

 

Michele Filgate's work has appeared in LongreadsThe Washington Post; the Los Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Paris Review DailyTin HouseGulf CoastO, The Oprah MagazineBuzzFeedRefinery29; and many other publications. Currently, she is an MFA student at NYU, where she is the recipient of the Stein Fellowship. She's a contributing editor at Literary Hub and teaches at the Sackett Street W riters' Workshop and Catapult. What My Mother and I Don't Talk About is her first book.

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (August 11, 2020)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎288 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1982107359
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781982107352
  • Item Weight: ‎8.1 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.5 x 0.7 x 8.38 inches