by Cornelia Spelman


by Cornelia Spelman


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Acclaimed children's book author Cornelia Maude Spelman's memoir of her family springs from a meeting and subsequent friendship with the late, legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell in the 1920s. When Spelman hints at what she thinks of as the failure of her parents' lives, he counters that "in a good novel one doesn't look for a success story, but for a story that moves one with its human drama and richness of experience." Maxwell encourages her to tell her mother's story at their final meeting. Missing is Spelman's response to Maxwell's wisdom. With the pacing of the mystery novels her mother loved and using everything from letters and interviews to the family's quotidian paper trail-medical records, telegrams, and other oft-overlooked clues to a family's history-Spelman reconstructs her mother's life and untimely death. Along the way, she unravels mysteries of her family, including the fate of her long-lost older brother. Spelman skillfully draws the reader into the elation and sorrow that accompanies the discovery of a family's past. A profoundly loving yet honest elegy, Missing is complex and beautiful like the mother it memorializes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737513445
Publisher: Jackleg Press
Publication date: 07/15/2022
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Cornelia Maude Spelman, MSW, was a therapist with children and families before turning full-time to writing and art. She's written eleven books for children that help them manage emotions and difficult life situations. Her The Way I Feel series of books for young children, described by reviewers as sensitive and compassionate, has sold several million copies and been translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Greek, Japanese, German, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, and Russian. Cornelia has earned awards from the Illinois Arts Council, was a finalist for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award from Salem College, and was awarded the Bernard De Voto Fellowship in Nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
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