Mothers. We love them and sometimes hate them. We emulate them, yet often want to get away from them. In Batterman's new collection of linked essays, she delves into the deeply complex kinship of mothers and daughters. With the same wisdom, subtle humor and poetic writing she exhibited in her last collection SHOES HAIR NAILS, she holds a mirror up to mothers and daughters today, so we see them from differing points of view. And, thus, we see ourselves.
In one essay she attempts to carry on Passover traditions of her dying mother, as if they will keep her alive. In another, she describes the mother's longing for a daughter living 3000 miles away, the mother dwelling on how a pet dog cannot replace a daughter. These are poignant stories capturing the blessing/curse of mother/daughter love. The longings, and the misunderstandings. While reading them I thought how seldom we realize the same patterns will be repeated with our OWN daughters.
A lovely collection, beautifully written, in a silent homage to mothers. The scene where a daughter ends her visit, and the mother lovingly makes her bed, left this reader deeply moved. Savour this collection, buy copies for your friends, your mothers, your daughters. Then buy Batterman's wonderful first collection, SHOES HAIR NAILS.
Kiana Davenport, THE SPY LOVER (August)