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Kiss Me Goodnight: Stories and Poems by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died

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Losing your mother when very young is a devastating experience. The authors featured in Kiss Me Goodnight recall the lost moments they shared with their mothers, exploring their feelings, longings, and how they have learned to cope with the loss through their adult lives. Unlike other books on motherlessness, Kiss Me Goodnight reveals the experience through stories, poems, ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published February 2nd 2005 by Syren Book Company (first published February 1st 2005)
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Glenn
Dec 18, 2007 Glenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Approaching this book, a reader has little choice but to bring her own experience to the topic. I think it does not actually matter whether the reader has had the experience of losing a mother. Much like all good literature, indeed all good art, the best of “Kiss Me Goodnight” takes the reader deeply into the experience, and roots them there.

What keeps this book from getting bogged down in a mere repetition of the theme, both on the writing and editing side, is the astonishing specificity of eac
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Caterina
Oct 05, 2013 Caterina rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The publication of this book was the occasion of possibly the most moving gathering of a community of healing that I have ever experienced. At a public reading in Massachusetts, after the contributors had read their stories and poems, the audience came alive, joining in and sharing their own stories. One audience member said that after her mother's death, her father forbade her ever to mention her mother again - and this - this very reading - was the first time she had ever opened up and shared ...more
Ann O'fallon
Apr 26, 2008 Ann O'fallon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any motherless daughter
I am one of the editors of this book. I had a life altering experience collecting the works in this motherloss anthology. All the contbuting authors experienced the death of their mothers when they were girls, just like Margaret and I. Getting to know these motherless daughters, meeting more at the readings we have done, and hearing from women who have read the book has created a sense of belonging to a great circle of women who share this profound loss.
The collection of stories and poems all s
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Janet
Apr 30, 2008 Janet rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book! The writers paint their pictures as if they were photographs, in sepia. A wonderful book for anyone who has had a mother die when they were young, or who wants to understand better those who have.
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