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Because my name is mother by [Batterman, Deborah]
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  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R6ILYC
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Intimate and inventive, the linked essays in Deborah Batterman's Because My Name is Mother are rich with telling details. Objects and everyday acts resonate until we can see ourselves in the vivid moments the author creates. There's the photograph of the author's parents, "young and happy and vibrant, maybe even in love." There's the author's attempt to keep her dying mother's traditions alive, but in her own way. The end of a grown daughter's visit is touchingly rendered by her mother's homely act of making her bed.
Deborah Batterman fills the senses with her poignant, funny observations of family and modern life, drawing the reader in, revealing layers of existence with the nuanced phrase, the apt symbol. Whether photographs or fabulous shoes, the refrains make this a collection to savor. "There are some things you just never want to come to an end" the author says in "Sweet Indulgences." For me, reading Because My Name is Mother is one of them.
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Deborah Batterman is a woman who knows the intricacies of writing well. She is a writer who can take apart a piece of story like boning a fish, bit by tiny bit, and come out with a delicacy. I love her body of work. It's a delight to read, and I wonder when some major publisher is going to discover her and put her all over the book shelves in every major city across the country. For now, any of us can read her work by finding her on Barnes & Noble for a song. Lucky for us!

In "Because My Name Is Mother," Deborah has highlighted the dark and the light sides of motherhood. It's a retrospective story making of the push-pull we all probably feel about our own mothers; i.e., that sense of loving them, and at the same time feeling a sort of jealousy or resentment toward them. And, if not a resentment, an awe of the mystique of them on some level. The power of motherhood is addressed in Deborah's short stories, as is the personal weaknesses of women who are mothers. And all this is done with such brilliance and poignancy, we can't help being touched with memory and the madness, and the awareness of our own roles as mothers.

I'm a huge fan of Batterman's work. I have to stop by her blog fairly often just to get my dosage of her writing and wisdom. She's an amazing artist. She's also one of those who actually sees and interprets the world around her on a regular basis. That's a gift, which makes her a gifted writer.

I loved the second story in this collection, for instance, of her showing her grown daughter by example that it's good to enjoy the moment, to take time to distance oneself from busy-ness when having a moment's pleasure and "relaxation" in a manicure and pedicure salon...putting away cell phones, magazines, etc., to enjoy the moment.
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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)
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