- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419619284
- ISBN-13: 978-1419619281
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,836,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mother Paperback – February 22, 2006
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More About the Author
Author of JITTERS, a novel of pre-marital stress, which was produced as a Lifetime Original Movie and the sequel, JUST MARRIED SICILIAN.
Author of the novel, MOTHER, a main selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club.
Author of ebooks STATE OF DISGRACE, FAT CAMP, DOWNSIZING, and FATHER
Author of young adult comedy novel, FITTING IN.
Full length plays include: Deathbed and Many Happy Returns.
Script and screenwriter.
Member of Dramatist Guild.
Top Customer Reviews
MOTHER introduces readers to Mary Sullivan, who lost her mother five years ago and still can't escape the emptiness that haunts her every day. Fate brings her to bright-eyed Cathy, a college student working in a local diner where Mary stops to buy Lifesavers on a whim one afternoon. Despite the chasm of twenty years between them, the two women connect -- and a tragic accident soon after they meet cements their bond. In the months that follow, Mary begins to experience a kind of catharsis in her life, largely due to Cathy's influence -- and much to the chagrin of her husband and teenage sons. Mary stops fearing her grief and begins to accept the loss of her mother. And in finally letting go of her mother, she gains much more: a part of herself she thought was buried long ago, when it was overwhelmed by the duties of being a wife and a mother and caring for an ailing parent.
MOTHER really is a very well-written novel, prose-wise, as previous reviewers here have mentioned. The prose is very poignant, and Rentschler makes some very keen observations about grief and loss. Many passages left me with a lump in my throat, as Rentschler seemed to hit so decidedly on exacly what I was (and am) feeling regarding my own loss. Her portrayal of grief is perfect: In MOTHER, grief is a dance in which euphoria battles with despair, in which the tears and laughter mingle. As someone who's just recently been through this, I can tell you: This is a perfect interpretation.Read more ›
"Mother" made me realize how lucky I am to still have my mom with me, and to not take a single day for granted. Spend time with the people that mean the most to you, and tell them daily what they mean to you. For those moving through the grieving process of losing someone you love, you may find solace in Rentschler's words and realize you are not alone.
Beautiful writing by a keen observer, the novel describes many everyday duties and thoughts with great precision and humor. Some family dialogs are absolutely hilarious; the characters are well-drawn and alive.
The novel teaches many lessons, among them that sometimes you need to stop and look inside yourself in order to move on; that family is our most important job; that nothing in our life is accidental; that past can torture us, but if properly dealt with, it can bring joy.
A few typos (maybe five) were a little annoying but were minor enough.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend it not only to those who deal with loss of their loved ones but to anyone who is interested in inner growth. I haven't read "Jitters" and that's what I am planning to read next.
I lost my own mother when I was 21 years old. This mother's whining about her mother lost five years ago is just annoying. Get over it. At least she had her for that long, she should be thankful.
And she has taken up smoking again? Why? So her boys can see her die from lung cancer, like I had to watch my mother die from. Then maybe they too can write whiny books about their boring lives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was not exactly what I initially thought it would be. I had a hard time getting into it. Although I finished the book in it's entirety, I had a very hard time getting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Starlitsky1122
I couldn't connect with Mary. The chance meeting of Mary and Cathy seemed trite. I know that grief is handled differently by everyone, but it didn't seem plausible that Mary was... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by POV
When I lost my mother in 2007, someone suggested this book to me. I thought I'd give it a try and as it started out great it quickly turned out to be a great disappointment. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Rsaq
This was a very good book and a good price! If you've recently lost your mother, it's a must-read.Published on August 14, 2008 by Kimberly A. Burke
I'm not raving about this story. It took me awhile to get through and I used it as a lunch time book, but I did enjoy it enough to suggest it to my friends. Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
In the daily experience of most people, we act and react until these rote activities slowly come to define our existance. Read morePublished on August 5, 2006 by John W. Koshak
Students of the writers' craft will first appreciate Rentschler's mastery of metaphor and simile as she develops her colorful characters and settings. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Cheron J. Mayhall