Mothers and Other Strangers: A Novel

Mothers and Other Strangers: A Novel

by Gina Sorell

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A “mesmerizing and quietly revealing” novel about a woman’s quest to understand her glamorous, cruel, recently deceased mother (Publishers Weekly).
 
“My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted.”
 
Thus begins this spellbinding story of Elsie’s journey toward understanding her late mother, a narcissist who left her only child an inheritance of debts and mysteries. A dancer in Los Angeles, Elsie was estranged from her mother for years. But now she’s back in Toronto, trying to piece together the shards that remain of her mother’s life.
 
Meanwhile, she must cope with threats that come—or so she suspects—from The Seekers, the cult-like spiritual program to which her mother belonged. Undaunted, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, which ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.
 
A Refinery29 Best Book of 2017.
 
“Shattering and brilliant, this marks the debut of an astonishing talent.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
 
“A fascinating look at a unique and fractured parent-child relationship . . . engaging and tense.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Sorell reveals herself as an author to watch . . . Ultimately, the sinister romance here, combined with an unflinching exploration of what can contribute to a mental breakdown, left me wanting to read whatever Sorell writes next.” —The Globe & Mail
 
“Riveting.” —Good Housekeeping
 
“A stunning debut, Mothers and Other Strangers grips from page one.” —Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
 
“A memorable first novel, a delightfully twisty gothic with the strange and eerie urgency of a fable or a dream.” —Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will and You Remind Me of Me
 
“This book is a must read for anyone who has struggled to understand their own parents.” —Robert Eversz, author of Shooting Elvis

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938849909
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
Publication date: 04/10/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 357,825
File size: 805 KB

About the Author

Gina Sorell is a writer who was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband and son. After two decades as a working actor in Los Angeles and Toronto, Gina returned to her first love, writing, and graduated with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. When she isn't writing fiction, she's the creative director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco based branding firm. Mothers and Other Strangers is her first novel.

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Mothers and Other Strangers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, it moved too slow. I was tough to stay interested. Some things not believable too. It was just ok.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Heart-wrenching, engrossing and deeply moving! This is an intriguing novel that highlights the enduring physical and psychological effects parents can have on their children and emphasizes just how important guidance, affection, respect and love are in child development. The prose is eloquent and fluid. The characters are fragile, tormented and raw. And the plot is a subtle journey into one middle-aged, woman’s life as she tries to discover her true self and find some form of closure and happiness while piecing together all the secrets and sins of a mother she never truly knew. Overall this is an incredibly thought-provoking, gripping, beautiful debut by Sorell that does a remarkable job of illuminating the complex bonds and emotional ties between mothers and daughters.