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What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence (Hardcover)

    By Michele Filgate (Editor)
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    Fifteen brilliant writers explore how what we don’t talk about with our mothers affects us, for better or for worse.

    In the bestselling tradition of The Bitch in the House, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About is an anthology about the powerful and sometimes painful things that we can’t discuss with the person who is supposed to know us and love us the most.

    In the early 2000s, as an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took many years for her to realize what she was actually trying to write about: the fracture this caused in her relationship with her mother. When her essay, “What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About,” was published by Longreads in October of 2017, it went on to become one of the most popular Longreads exclusives of the year, and was shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, Lidia Yuknavitch, and many other writers, some of whom had their own individual codes of silence to be broken.

    The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers an intimate, therapeutic, and universally resonant look at our relationships with our mothers. As Filgate poignantly writes, “Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.”

    Contributors:
    Cathi Hanauer
    Melissa Febos
    Alexander Chee
    Dylan Landis
    Bernice L. McFadden
    Julianna Baggott
    Lynn Steger Strong
    Kiese Laymon
    Carmen Maria Machado
    André Aciman
    Sari Botton
    Nayomi Munaweera
    Brandon Taylor
    Leslie Jamison

    About the Author


    Michele Filgate’s work has appeared in Longreads; The Washington Post; the Los Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Paris Review DailyTin House; Gulf CoastO, The Oprah MagazineBuzzFeed; Refinery29; 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 Writers’ Workshop and Catapult. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About is her first book.

    Praise For…


    These are the hardest stories in the world to tell, but they are told with absolute grace. You will devour these beautifully written—and very important— tales of honesty, pain, and resilience.” 
     
    — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781982107345
    ISBN-10: 1982107340
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
    Pages: 288