Mot: A Memoir

Mot: A Memoir

by Sarah Einstein


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At forty, Sarah Einstein is forced to face her own shortcomings. In the wake of an attempted sexual assault, she must come to terms with the facts that she is not tough enough for her job managing a local drop-in center for adults with mental illness and that her new marriage is already faltering. Just as she reaches her breaking point, she meets Mot, a homeless veteran who lives a life dictated by frightening delusion. She is drawn to the brilliant ways he has found to lead his own difficult life; traveling to Romania to get his teeth fixed because the United States doesn’t offer dental care to the indigent, teaching himself to use computers in public libraries, and even taking university classes while living out of doors.

Mot: A Memoir is the story of their unlikely friendship and explores what we can, and cannot, do for a person we love. In unsparing prose and with a sharp eye for detail, Einstein brings the reader into the world of Mot’s delusions and illuminates a life that would otherwise be hidden from us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820352961
Publisher: Longleaf Services on Behalf of Univ of Georgia Pre
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Series: Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction Series , #29
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

SARAH EINSTEIN is a doctoral candidate in creative nonfiction at Ohio University. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Sun, Ninth Letter, PANK, and Fringe and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. She is also a special topics editor for Brevity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

The Nearest Walmart 1

These Small Affections 10

Mot Sleeps 22

Mr. Brooks 33

Driving Home 41

Mot from Afar 51

Wilbur 58

In the Yellow House 68

Alligator Gar 73

Instant Pho 81

Mot Breaks Down 94

Home 106

Tashlik 115

The Secret of the Aquarium Tubing 122

Car Tal 129

Mot, Gone 135

What's Left Behind 140

Epilogue 149

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