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From Daughters to Mothers I've Always Meant to Tell You

From Daughters to Mothers I've Always Meant to Tell You

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.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 528 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671563257 | 
  • March 1998
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Dear Reader,

The celebrity of many of the writers in this collection may have been your first attraction to this book; indeed, it's hard to deny the scholarly and literary curiosity inherent upon seeing all these remarkably gifted writers in one place, including:

Joyce Carol Oates • Rita Dove • Barbara Kingsolver • Ellen Gilchrist • Pam Houston • Lynn Sharon Schwartz • Carolyn Kizer • Natalie Goldberg • Maxine Kumin • Rosellen Brown • Judith Ortiz Cofer • Joyce Wadler • Joy Harjo • Carolyn Kizer • Susan Power • Ann Hood • Carolyn See... see more

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