Conversations with Mom: An Aging Baby Boomer, in Need of an Elder, Writes to Her Dead Mother

Conversations with Mom: An Aging Baby Boomer, in Need of an Elder, Writes to Her Dead Mother

by Betsy Robinson

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A "Letters to a Young Poet" for today.

At the age of sixty, Betsy Robinson craved an elder to advise her about her unemployment, her fears, and her shame. Who better to call on than her dead mother . . . who had once before made her spirit presence known. In this work of fiction, based on an archive of letters, stories, and more, Robinson and her dead mother continue the writing partnership and collaboration that forged their unique friendship.

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From Conversations with Mom:

My dearest idiot daughter,

You�re alive, you�re extraordinarily healthy, and you can put your leg around your neck. For nearly three years you have had a free ride with unemployment and you�ve done exactly what you�ve wanted. You�ve taken leisurely walks in the park with your adorable dog with no deadlines to meet, you�ve written books and read many more. You always wanted free time, and now you�ve had it. Why are you bothering me? Suck it up and say thank you! I have better things to do than listen to your self-involved bellyaching.

Love, Your mother who will always love you

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940149736072
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 99
File size: 247 KB

About the Author

Betsy Robinson is a novelist, journalist, playwright, editor. Her newest novel, "The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg," is winner of Black Lawrence Press�s 2013 Big Moose Prize and will be published in 2014. Her edit of her late mother�s novel, "The Trouble with the Truth," will be published by Simon & Schuster/Infinite Words in February 2015. Betsy�s first novel, "Plan Z by Leslie Kove" (called �one of the funniest books I have read � a fabulous read� by Sixth Sense radio, KKNW, Seattle), was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Novel Award Series. Betsy is a former actor (John Sayles�s Return of the Secaucus Seven and Lianna) and lives in New York City. See a complete bio at

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