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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
$27.99

I love how memoir opens up the author’s life, and lets me have a little voyeuristic peek.  A good one will even make me feel invested and connected with his or her experience.  That is exactly what happened here.  Tasha starts out with a happy, stable childhood in Mississippi, but when her parents divorce and she and her mom, Gwen, move to Atlanta, everything changes.  Gwen marries Joel, a narcissistic, abusive man who beats her and torments Tasha.  Despite a divorce when Tasha is in high school, Joel does not disappear, and ultimately kills her mother.  Tragic in content, but healing and cathartic as Trethewey beautifully confronts this event from her past. Somehow she kept me right there with her throughout, without scaring me off. - Carrie

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Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness, Esquire, Electric Literature, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and InStyle

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a "child of miscegenation" in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

 

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet's attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

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9780062248572
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July 28, 2020
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