In this quirky memoir, Alice Eve Cohen claims that her mother Louise, dead thirty years, is making “visits” in the author’s daily life. While you may approach this with raised eyebrow (as I did) don’t let that stop you from enjoying this little gem. The author’s writing is fun and personable, even though the premise of the story is just a little hokey.
Cohen is having a No Good, Very Bad year when her daughter Julia decides to find her birth mother, her other daughter Eliana must endure painful leg surgeries, and Cohen herself is diagnosed with breast cancer. Channeling her mother (who also had breast cancer) to help comfort and console her seems to be Cohen’s only recourse. Through various mother-daughter interactions we discover the author’s painful past and what drives her to become Uber-Mother, taking up the slack of Louise’s own dubious parenting skills.
All in all, this memoir will no doubt warm the cockles of your heart and will most certainly make a nice addition to your Mother’s Day reading fare.
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