* A young woman's memoir of a year of grieving after her mother died, written with anger, insight, wisdom and grace
Meghan O'Rourke was born in 1976 and lives in New York with her husband. She is a frequent contributor to Slate, a founding editor of Double X and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. She has published one volume of poetry.
Emotionally acute, strikingly empathetic, thorough and unstinting
intellectually, and of course elegantly wrought. But it's above all
a useful book, for life -- the good bits and the sad ones, too. *
Richard Ford *
'A beautiful memoir about ...loss of a truly irreplaceable mother--yes, it is sad, it is in fact heartrending, but it is many things more: courageous, inspiring, wonderfully intelligent and informed, and an intimate portrait of an American family as well * Joyce Carol Oates *
In her blazingly honest, relentlessly brave memoir Meghan O'Rourke takes on the strange, impossible time after a parent's death. I couldn't recommend this elegant and fearless book more highly to anyone who has, or has had, a mother. * Katie Roiphe, author of Uncommon Arrangements *