My Mother Never Dies

My Mother Never Dies

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Nineteen stunning, disturbing short stories delve into the complex relationship between mothers and daughters.
In My Mother Never Dies, the literary provocateur Claire Castillon dissects the darkest aspects of the relationship between mothers and daughters. A woman tries so hard to be friends with her daughter that she begins to revert to her own adolescence; another woman finds her mother engaged in an illicit affair with a man they both know too well; a daughter rattles off all the reasons why she’s disgusted with her invalid mother but realizes through her haze of teenage hatred that she is losing the only person who tells her the truth.
Stunning, shocking, unflinching, and ultimately tender, My Mother Never Dies forces us to look at the worst and best of mothers and daughters. Like the work of Miranda July and A.M.Homes, Castillon won’t let us avert our gaze from the terrible and true any more than from the beautiful and true because it all reveals the depth of our need for each other.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 163 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151014264
  • 9780151014262
  • 1,741,819

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"One can't help but submit to [its] poisonous charms."--"Le Figaro" "This singular talent really sings: rarely have we seen motherdaughter relationships with such cruelty, such bitterness, or such acuity."--"Lire"
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What binds mothers and daughters? What makes them clutch so hard they wound each other and love so hard they lose themselves?
In the nineteen short tales that make up "My Mother Never Dies," literary provocateur Claire Castillon dissects the darkest aspects of the relationship between mothers and daughters. A woman tries so hard to be friends with her daughter that she begins to revert to her own adolescence; another woman finds her mother engaged in an illicit affair with a man they both know too well; a daughter rattles off all the reasons why she's disgusted with her invalid mother but realizes through her haze of teenage hatred that she is losing the only person who tells her the truth.
Stunning, shocking, unflinching, and ultimately tender, "My Mother Never Dies" forces us to look at the worst and best of mothers and daughters. Castillon won't let us avert our gaze from the terrible and true any more than from the beautiful and truea " because it all reveals the depth of our need for each other.
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Praise for "My Mother Never Dies"
"If there is a more complex theme than mothers and daughters, I don't know it. I"n My Mother Never Dies," Claire Castillon examines this relationship with a scalpel, carving out keen, provocative and aching stories that manage to stun us and move us, simultaneously." -- Jennifer Gilmore, author of "Golden Country
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"One can't help but submit to [its] poisonous charms." --Le Figaro (France)
"A clever, beautiful, writer with a feather-light, sharp wit." - Elle (France)
"A literary tour de force. With a devilish sensibility that is a like derailed train hurtling into your life, [Castillon has] some (wicked) surprises up her sleeve." - Marie Claire (France)
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