Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

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Linda Gray Sexton’s critically acclaimed memoir is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a brilliant, difficult mother and the daughter she left behind. Linda Sexton was twenty-one when her mother killed herself, and now she looks back, remembers, and tries to come to terms with her mother’s life.

Life with Anne was a wild mixture of suicidal depression and manic happiness, inappropriate behavior, and midnight trips to the psychiatric ward. Anne ...

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Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

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Overview

Linda Gray Sexton’s critically acclaimed memoir is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a brilliant, difficult mother and the daughter she left behind. Linda Sexton was twenty-one when her mother killed herself, and now she looks back, remembers, and tries to come to terms with her mother’s life.

Life with Anne was a wild mixture of suicidal depression and manic happiness, inappropriate behavior, and midnight trips to the psychiatric ward. Anne taught Linda how to write, how to see, how to imagine—and only Linda could have written a book that captures so vividly the intimate details and lingering emotions of their life together. Searching for Mercy Street speaks to everyone who admires Anne Sexton and to every daughter or son who knows the pain of an imperfect childhood. This beautiful new trade paperback edition includes a new introduction by the author.

The daughter of poet Anne Sexton offers an honest, unsparing memoir that brings to life the emotional roller coaster ride that was life with Anne--the wild mood swings, inappropriate sexual behavior, midnight ambulance rides to the psychiatric ward--as well as the fierce love that bound Linda and her mother together. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sexton's memoir recalls growing up with her unstable and self-destructive poet mother, who killed herself when her daughter was 21. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Sexton, a novelist and notably the daughter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, wrote this memoir as an antidote for a depression-induced writer's block brought on, in part, by her mother's legacy. With the bias and insight only she could have, Sexton tells the story of her life with a mother who was profoundly mentally ill: depressed, deranged, suicidal, and addicted to medications, alcohol, and sex. Anne Sexton committed suicide at the age of 45 after naming her 21-year-old daughter her literary executor. This cathartic and anguish-filled book spares no detail of the mother's selfish and difficult personality or her intense and fortifying love. Sexton also briefly addresses the controversy surrounding Diane Middlebrook's Anne Sexton: A Biography LJ 8/91. Recommended for humanities collections as well as comprehensive psychology collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/94.]-Janice Braun, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582437446
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 803,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Letter 7

In Exile 15

First Metaphors 43

A Maker of Myths 67

More Than Myself 81

Companionship 95

Live or Die 129

Independence 137

The Making of a Literary Executor 175

The Rowing Endeth 195

Afterward 207

Self-Portratt 215

Between Two Worlds 225

In Search of a Biographer 231

Call Me Mother 249

Exposures 273

On the Back of Love 293

The Starting Point 305

Mercy Street 313

Notes and Sources 317

Book Group Reading Guide 323

Acknowledgments 325

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    Life Changing

    This novel not only looks deep into the soul of the writer, but touches the reader in a way undescribable. Even if you don't think this book pertains to your life, it will. There is a the child in all of us that just doesnt understand why the world must work as it does. This book is definitely an emotional journey worth taking.

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