By Melissa Cistaro
"A tale that lingers within the middle lengthy after the final web page is turned." ―HOPE EDELMAN, bestselling writer of Motherless Daughters and The risk of Everything
This provocative, poignant memoir of a daughter whose mom left her at the back of via selection begs the query: Are we destined to make an identical blunders as our parents?
One summer time, Melissa Cistaro's mom drove off with out clarification Devastated, Melissa and her brothers have been left to choose up the items, continually laid low with the concept: Why did their mom abandon them?
Thirty-five years later, with youngsters of her personal, Melissa unearths herself in Olympia, Washington, as her mom is loss of life. After a long time of hiding her painful thoughts, she has simply days to determine what occurred that summer time and confront the terror she may possibly do an identical to her children. yet Melissa by no means expects to stumble throughout a cache of letters her mom wrote to her yet by no means despatched, that may carry the solutions she seeks.
Haunting but finally uplifting, Pieces of My Mother chronicles one woman's quest to find what drives a mom to stroll clear of the kids she loves. Alternating among Melissa's tumultuous coming-of-age and her mother's ultimate days, this beautiful memoir finds how our mom and dad' offerings effect our personal and the way we will live on these to forge our personal paths.
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I'm indebted to the various writers and academics who inspired me alongside the best way, together with the clever and lovely Barbara Abercrombie, Samantha Chang, Leslie Keenan, Anne Lamott, and Corey Mandell. Steve Wolfson, you can't think how profoundly your encouragement years in the past helped me to maintain writing. Laurie Fox, thanks for placing your religion during this tale and guiding me via each step. you're a kindred spirit and agent extraordinaire. Stephanie Bowen, thanks on your prepared eyes and massive center in assisting me solution the main tricky questions throughout the modifying strategy. And distinctive due to the gifted staff at Sourcebooks for welcoming me with such enthusiasm and dedication—especially Liz Kelsch, Lathea Williams, Chris Bauerle, Rachel Kahn, Adrienne Krogh, Heather Moore, Sean Murray, Valerie Pierce, Dominique Raccah, Helen Scott, and Heidi Weiland. This tale wouldn't exist with no the help of my kin. i'm blessed with the easiest true-blue hippie dad a daughter may well ever ask for. Jamie and Eden, I wonder at your kindness, humor and compassion. i'm ever-grateful to my appealing mom, who lately ambled over to me in a dream, entire back, and hugged me with nice tenderness. this can be how I’d prefer to take into accout her. thanks Kim Baxter for taking such excellent care of mother through the years. Many due to the fantastic employees and occasions staff at booklet Passage. thanks Karen West to your lively and beneficiant insights, Calvin Crosby for ushering me in, and Elaine and invoice Petrocelli for possessing the best publication shop within the world—a position that appears like domestic to me in such a lot of methods. I’d additionally prefer to thank the proficient writers who generously provided to learn galleys ahead of booklet: Tom Barbash, Kelly Corrigan, Katie Hafner, Caroline Leavitt, Cheryl McKeon, Peter Orner, Will Schwalbe, Abigail Thomas, Ayelet Waldman, and Lolly Winston. And as far-reaching because it could appear, i would like to thank each writer I’ve had the privilege of assembly and introducing at publication Passage. every one adventure continues to be a gift—a infrequent glimpse into the inventive procedure and the fantastic, advanced trip of writing and publishing books. I stay in awe of each author who dares to jot down the tales of their hearts and imaginations. finally, for my children—Dominic, Bella, and Gianmarco—you are the solar, the moon, and the celebs. And Anthony, your unwavering aid for my paintings astonishes me and jogs my memory how fortunate in love i'm. in regards to the writer photograph through Adam Karsten Melissa Cistaro is a bookseller and occasions coordinator at booklet Passage, the mythical San Francisco Bay quarter self sustaining bookshop, the place she has hosted greater than 200 authors. A author and mom, her paintings has been released in different literary journals together with the recent Ohio evaluate, Anderbo. com, and Brevity, in addition to within the anthologies Love and Profanity and loved, along Anne Lamott and Jane Smiley and different writers. Melissa graduated with honors from UCLA and persisted her schooling with the UCLA Extension Writers’ application and on the Tin residence Writer’s Workshop in Portland.