A Mother in History: T...
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This is a strange little book. Basically it consists of Jean Stafford – in her declining years, after her well-regarded short stories and novels had been written – hanging out with Marguerite Oswald in her home in Fort Worth, asking questions about her son, Lee Harvey Oswald. Nothing is really revealed here beyond the fact that Mrs. Oswald is a delusional woman full of grandiose ideas about herself, her son, and the world at large. It could be said that she is ground zero of JFK conspiracy nutti...more
Stafford provides Marguerite Oswald with the space to open up. Oswald's voice is incredible: paranoid, defensive, expansive, maternal and sharp. It's an excellent portrait Stafford provides, a mother wounded, and alone, seeking for a companion in telling a story she feels has been overlooked. Stafford's own high prose voice comes in brief intervals and contrasts Marguerite's. The question seems to be who is playing whom and needs the other.
Feb 09, 2008 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
This is fabulous -- a book about Oswald's mother, based on interviews with the author. Clearly source material for "Libra" (which is to take nothing away from it).