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The Art of Reassembly: A Memoir of Early Mother Loss and Aftergrief

The Art of Reassembly: A Memoir of Early Mother Loss and Aftergrief

by Peg Conway


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If your mom is dead, is she still your mom? At twenty-five—nearly two decades after losing her mother to breast cancer as a little girl—an accident on a downtown street unleashes startling emotional reactions in Peg Conway, and this question starts to percolate. She comes to understand what she’s experiencing as long-buried childhood grief, and as she marries and becomes a mother herself, Peg’s intense feelings challenge her to offer herself compassion. Gradually she confronts how growing up surrounded by silence in a family that moved on from sorrow had caused her to suppress her mother’s memory for far too long. Ultimately, after excavating all the layers, Peg finds her mom again, and in the process discovers that truth, no matter how painful, heals.

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ISBN-13: 9781647422158
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/09/2021
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 558,604
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peg Conway earned a master’s in journalism and worked in corporate communication before focusing on raising her family. Now she writes and practices energy healing in Cincinnati, OH, where she also volunteers at a children’s grief center. Her essays about early mother loss and long-term grieving have appeared at The Manifest-Station, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and The Mighty. Peg and her husband have three grown children and one grandchild. She lives in Cincinnati, OH.

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