In this extraordinary collection of letters written especially
for this volume, more than seventy-five distinguished daughters
-- novelists, poets, essayists, cartoonists, journalists -- speak
to their mothers, both living and deceased. From Joyce Carol Oates
to Barbara Kingsolver, from Ntozake Shange to Hilma Wolitzer,
these writers deliver messages straight from the heart....
Here are authors of different ages and cultures, many of them
mothers and grandmothers themselves, each writing in her own distinctive
voice, sharing her secret sorrows, joys, hurt, anger, and understanding.
"What do I tell her? What do I not tell her? What do I wish
I had said?"
Their thoughtful, provocative, funny, and sometimes painful letters
hold revelations -- memories and confessions, poems and tales
-- at once personal and universal, touching and profound. From