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

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

by Linda Gray 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.

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582437446
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
280,935
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.92(d)

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