THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK by Alice Eve Cohen

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THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK by Alice Eve Cohen

THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK by Alice Eve CohenThe Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen
Published by Algonquin Books on March 31st 2015
Pages: 288
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Death, Grief, Bereavement, Family & Relationships, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal Memoirs
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For the first time in decades I'm remembering Mom, all of her--the wonderful and terrible things about her that I've cast out of my thoughts for so long. I'm still struggling to prevent these memories from erupting from their subterranean depths. Trying to hold back the flood. I can't, not today. The levees break.

Thirty years after her death, Alice Eve Cohen's mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs a harrowing surgery, her eldest daughter decides to reunite with her birth mother, and Alice herself receives a daunting diagnosis. As it turns out, it's entirely possible for the people we've lost to come back to us when we need them the most.

Although letting her mother back into her life is not an easy thing, Alice approaches it with humor, intelligence, and honesty. What she learns is that she must revisit her childhood and allow herself to be a daughter once more in order to take care of her own girls. Understanding and forgiving her mother's parenting transgressions leads her to accept her own and to realize that she doesn't have to be perfect to be a good mother.

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked this book up. Most memoirs have a yawn factor that this book was lacking. The Year My Mother Came Back was so close to home for me. Not that I am mourning my mother, but that I think every woman can relate […]