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The Mother Knot A Memoir (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812971507
ISBN-13: 9780812971507
Sku: 31166611
Publish Date: 7/12/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.25T
Pages:  96
Age Range:  NA
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In this dark gem of a book by the author of The Kiss, a complex mother-daughter relationship precipitates a journey through depression to greater understanding, acceptance, freedom, and love, .
Spare and unflinching, The Mother Knot is Kathryn Harrison's courageous exploration of her painful feelings about her mother, and of her depression and recovery. Writer, wife, mother of three, Kathryn Harrison finds herself, at age forty-one, wrestling with a black, untamable force that seems to have the power to undermine her sanity and her safety, a darkness that is tied to her relationship with her own mother, dead for many years but no less a haunting presence. Shaken by a family emergency that reveals the fragility of her current happiness, Harrison falls prey to despair and anxiety she believed she'd overcome long before. A relapse of anorexia becomes the tangible reminder of a youth spent trying to achieve the perfection she had hoped would win her mother's love, and forces her to confront, understand, and ultimately cast out--in startling physical form--the demons within herself. Powerful, insightful, unforgettable, by "a writer of extraordinary gifts" (Tobias Wolff), Kathryn Harrison's The Mother Knot" is a knockout.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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The author of Seeking Rapture and The Kiss recounts how a family emergency renewed her battle with depression and anorexia, a period during which she vividly remembered her relationship with her overly critical mother.The author of Seeking Rapture and The Kiss recounts how a family emergency renewed her battle with depression and anorexia, a period during which she vividly remembered her relationship with her overly critical mother. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.In this dark gem of a book by the author of The Kiss, a complex mother-daughter relationship precipitates a journey through depression to greater understanding, acceptance, freedom, and love,.

Spare and unflinching, The Mother Knot is Kathryn Harrison?s courageous exploration of her painful feelings about her mother, and of her depression and recovery. Writer, wife, mother of three, Kathryn Harrison finds herself, at age forty-one, wrestling with a black, untamable force that seems to have the power to undermine her sanity and her safety, a darkness that is tied to her relationship with her own mother, dead for many years but no less a haunting presence. Shaken by a family emergency that reveals the fragility of her current happiness, Harrison falls prey to despair and anxiety she believed she?d overcome long before. A relapse of anorexia becomes the tangible reminder of a youth spent trying to achieve the perfection she had hoped would win her mother?s love, and forces her to confront, understand, and ultimately cast out?in startling physical form?the demons within herself. Powerful, insightful, unforgettable, by ?a writer of extraordinary gifts? (Tobias Wolff), Kathryn Harrison?s The Mother Knot is a knockout.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Kathryn Harrison's memoir, THE KISS, was about her relationship with her father. Now she writes about her equally tormenting mother. When the life of Harrison's young son is threatened by a serious bout of asthma--an event that coincides with the weaning of her last child from breast-feeding--Harrison has an extreme reaction: she reverts to the anorexia she suffered when, years before, her own mother abandoned her. Her interactions with her own children, and her insights into a mother whose insistence on perfection led to disaster, combine in a narrative of not only motherhood but growing up, and an exploration of the necessity for forgiveness.

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New York Times Book Review
"Occasionally melodramatic, but unshakably honest, THE MOTHER KNOT is a daring look at the complexities of a troubled mother-daughter relationship." - Beverly Willett 06/13/2004

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0096
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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