Wishing for Snow: A Memoirby Minrose Gwin
Pub. Date: 03/28/2004
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
In this brave and beautifully composed tribute to her mother, Minrose Gwin accomplishes something rare in the craft of the memoir: not merely a record of a devastating mother-daughter relationship but a redemptive act of artistic witness as well. In telling the story of her mentally ill poet mother, Erin Taylor Clayton Pitner, Gwin looks backward and forward at a southern family, linking personal and cultural malaise while also attempting to envision the person her mother longed to be, the woman Gwin never knew.
Erin Taylor wasn't always unsane. Her childhood diary from 1930 reveals a cheerful, observant Mississippi girl who steadfastly wished for snow. From a dreamy college student to a young divorced mother who then remarried, grew middle aged, and began to write and publish poetry, Erin Taylor spiraled deeper and deeper into the psychosis that eventually defined her existence until her death from ovarian cancer. Gwin searches for her mother amid the poetry, letters, recipes, traffic tickets, newspaper clippings, medical reports, and quixotic lists left behind. She even conjures a ghostly Erin in the office who tells her own version of Gwin's memories.
With humor, intrigue, and sadness, Gwin's compelling memoir reflects the brilliance and despair of her mother's life. Haunting every page of Wishing for Snow is the sense that Erin Taylor is transcending the tragic limitations of mental and physical disease through her daughter's quest to truly know her. Gwin's combination of candor and grace takes wing toward a reconciliation both impossible and utterly necessary.
- Louisiana State University Press
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- New Edition
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- 6.10(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.98(d)
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Rarely have I read such an enlightening piece of work. Minrose Gwin let's the reader experience her journey down a road we all must travel with our families. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has a family member they love. I truely enjoyed this piece.
This story is the most interesting memoir I've ever read. The story of Minrose's family is interesting, thoughtful, and never boring. A real tribute to the art of memoirs. Get this book! The emotional story of this southern family is sometimes tumultuous, happy, sad, fun, and so much more.
This daughter's coming to terms at once with her Mother's poetic genius and mental illness really deserves a place among the best memoirs in recent years.
I am very surprised that this pathetic memoir was actually published. It does not exhibit any type of literary art and the story is very dull. Very little, if anything, can be gained from this combination of random pages that detail the author's wierd life.