Marnie Mueller was born in Tule Lake Japanese American Segregation Camp, described in her second novel, The Climate of the Country. Her first novel, Green Fires, based on her Peace Corps experience in Ecuador, won the American Book Award, was a B&N "Discovery" choice, and a NYPL's Best Books for the Teen Age choice.
"My Mother's Island is a daughter's death watch: loving, angry, remorseful, and profoundly revealing of our lives as adult children. Marnie Mueller's honest and unsentimental novel helped me fathom the meaning of my own own mother's recent death and should similarly serve other readers in negotiating the strong currents and unpredictable eddies of this milestone of primary loss." -Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True|"My Mother's Island is a lovely but painful account of a difficult journey two women must take together to bring their problematic relationship to a close. On a deeper level, Mueller has crafted an exceptional book about the spirituality of death and dying that gets inside the reality of losing a parent with an intimacy and depth that no self-help treatise can hope to match." -Publishers Weekly