February 23rd, 2007

reading, activism, writing

Book 11: The Mother Knot, by Kathryn Harrison

How does one disengage from a mother who was never engaged to begin with? Best selling author, Kathryn Harrison, spent her earliest years trying to make her mother love her. So once Mom's dead, what does one do then?

Harrison's extended essay on the tangled relationships between mothers and children explores the loss of intimate connections. Once she stops breast feeding her youngest, her frustration and helplessness leads inexorably to confronting old feelings about her own abandonment.

It's no coincidence that some of the greatest dramas ever written explore the intricate workings in the mother/child relationship. Harrison's contribution is worth the time.

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