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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 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."

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


Michele Filgate's work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, O: The Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, 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.

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence Cover Image
By Michele Filgate (Editor)
ISBN: 9781982107345
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 30th, 2019


*Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Week, and*

Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we don’t talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us, for better or for worse.

As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate s