The Tail On My Mother's Kite: a memoir

The Tail On My Mother's Kite: a memoir

by Maralys Wills


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What can possibly go wrong in a household led by a mother who is educated, rich, and beautiful? As Maralys and her brother, Allan, learn, the answer is everything. Thanks to a mother who marries seven times, the children are dragged from city to city and husband to husband. Yet this memoir proves that youthful willpower can prevail over powerful adversity.

"Maralys Wills, part of an extraordinary--ordinary--family, lived a yo-yo life, growing up in fourteen different locations. She experienced wealth and deprivation, moments of warm hugs and seasons of stunning neglect. At the center of the story is her loving, impetuous, generous, selfish, oversexed, often-absent Mother, a woman lucky enough to raise--or sometimes raise--two brilliant children. Maralys is now a full-time author with a marvelous memory, a wise but childlike sense of humor, a chronic lust for adventure, and a lasting trust in the ultimate good. It's a life lesson."
--Stephanie Edwards, Emmy-wining TV/Radio Commentator

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ISBN-13: 9780985942670
Publisher: Lemon Lane Press
Publication date: 11/29/2014
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Maralys Wills has lived three distinct lives: author of fifteen published books, teacher of college students, and mother of six children-five boys and a girl. Educated at Stanford and UCLA, she is married to a retired trial attorney. She currently teaches novel writing on the college level, and in 2000 was named Teacher of the Year.Her most challenging project, a poignant memoir titled Higher Than Eagles, became her biggest triumph, garnering excellent reviews and five movie options.Wills considers public speaking the dessert for all the hard work of writing, and relishes every moment spent with a receptive audience. She welcomes readers' input.

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Maralys Wills has done it again. Pulling from her own extraordinary background, Maralys has crafted another touching memoir.  In The Tail of My Mother's Kite, the author shares her roller coaster upbringing with an unorthodox and highly unpredictable mother--a mother who was loving, generous and kind, as well as impetuous, uncaring, self-absorbed, and often absent for long periods of time. Yo yoing between privilege and depravation, warm hugs and neglect, as well as multiple uprooting's (sometimes with and often without her mother),  Maralys refused to be deterred from reaching her childhood dream of becoming an author. Though forced to endure the new kid syndrome in one school after another before she reached adulthood, Maralys went on to college, graduated from UCLA, is happily married and was the mother of six. While coping with the loss of two sons who died in hang gliding accidents, she crafted "Higher than Eagles, one of the most poignant memoirs I have yet to read. Somehow while dealing with her sons' deaths Maralys crafted an uplifting story. Of course there are tear jerking moments, but there is also light hearted humor. She touches on this tragic period in The Tail of My Mother's Kite. Maralys Wills is the author of 15 books and still writing.  Maralys' story validates one of my strong beliefs:  It is not what happens to you, but what you do about it that make you there person you are.