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""PostMortem" is as unflinching an act of courage as you're likely to find in everyday life, a journey through soul-rotting self-destruction and its bitter zone of pain toward grace and forgiveness and the ultimate necessity of love...
Laurel Saville is capable of steady lucid prose that continually ascends to eloquence, wisdom, and, at the end of it all, compassion." -Bob
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 25th 2009 by (first published 2009)
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Tara Chevrestt
Dec 13, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a memoir and an eye opening story of what alcohol abuse can do to a family. The author writes about her mother and spending the first thirteen years of her life watching her mother decline day by day. Her mother was a alcoholic. This story shows how a once beautiful, coddled woman, given every advantage a young lady in the thirties could have, a model, a talented artist, a dress designer ends up being a single mother of three, jobless, with vagrants and drunks coming in and out of her ho ...more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Feb 21, 2011 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it really liked it
Postmortem is the story of Anne Ford, the authors mother. A beauty queen, model & fashion designer during the 1950′s, but plagued by inner demons that eventually lead to her becoming a street person & later being stabbed & strangled to death. Years later, Laurel Saville began a journey into understanding the duality of her mother.

Postmortem was a brilliant look from two sides of the coin, Ms. Saville looking at what she knows of her mother & at what she has told her mother was. I
Dec 07, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. While the story is tragic and heartbreaking on many levels, I loved the author's (Laurel Saville's) writing style. Saville gives voice to some painful memories, yet without resentment, while also painting a vivid picture of her eccentric childhood during the 60s and 70s in West Hollywood, where her charismatic, artistic mother, Anne Ford, was surrounded by the "Ferus group" of artists from the famous gallery where Andy Warhol got his start, as well as ...more
Audacia Ray
Aug 04, 2011 Audacia Ray rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, read-in-2011
I really badly wanted to like this book, and for the first 50 pages, I did. Overall, the story of the author's and her mother's lives are fascinating, but I feel like the writer got lazy and didn't go as deep into the stories as she could have. There are a lot of places in the book where she summarizes major events, like a paragraph in which she mentions that when she was about 10 her mother took off to Europe and left her and her brother to fend for themselves. Moving right along!

There were so
Joan Hanna
Feb 23, 2012 Joan Hanna rated it it was amazing
Saville gives her readers everything in Postmortem. The mother’s story, the daughter’s story and every story in between the cracks in the foundation of this broken family. This is not the voice of someone indulging her present because of her past. She not only survives her childhood, she does so with a grace that is self-taught and self-nurturing. The reader finds a woman that ponders where we come from, how we get where we are and all of the crossroads in between.
Amy Jenkins
Nov 19, 2009 Amy Jenkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laurel's account of revealing her mothers life is riveting and honest. No "poor me, my mom was no good." Rather this is a daughter searching for reality and evidence of love amist dirt and decay. Difficult and lovely.
Oct 03, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I read this so I could help my cousin who is attending a local community college. The book was very good, but sad at times. The author lives in my hometown and speaks at the college.
Karen Glass
Nov 03, 2009 Karen Glass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
compelling memoir of woman working through the lingering effects of her mother's murder. Not unlike Glass Castle.
Amy Jenkins
Jan 14, 2010 Amy Jenkins rated it it was amazing
Brave, honest autopsy of motherhood, neglect, and illness.
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Laurel Saville is the award-winning author of the novels "North of Here" and "Henry and Rachel," the memoir "Unraveling Anne" and several other books, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories, which have appeared in The Bark, The Bennington Review,, House Beautiful, the LA Times Magazine,, Room and many other publications. Laurel has an MFA from the Writing Semi ...more
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