- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Because my name is mother Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Shoes Hair Nails
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.Read more ›
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Deborah Batterman paints exquisite vignettes that reveal the often complex and rich relationship between mothers and daughters. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Becky Green Aaronson
These linked essays are rich in detail, heartfelt without being mawkish and read like silk. Deborah's love of language -- its sound, its touch -- is second only to her love for her... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Jane Gross