A Novel

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Exploring the lives of characters torn between the liberation of detachment and the desire to connect, this story collection includes such tales as "Alma," in which an adolescent daughter is made the confidante of her lonely mother. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
MotherKind is the story of Kate, whose care for her terminally ill mother coincides with the birth of her first child and the early months of a young marriage. She must, in a single year, come to terms with radiant beginnings and profound loss. MotherKind is a delicately layered narrative in which the details of daily life resonate with import and meaning.
MotherKind immerses us in a very contemporary situation, yet deals with timeless themes. Even as Kate's relationship with her mother embodies her childhood and adolescence in another place, she must decide what "home" is, and how to translate all she has come from into what she will carry forward. As her baby grows and her mother becomes increasingly ill, Kate realizes how inextricably linked we are, even in separation - across generations, cultures, time; across death itself.

& Taylor

In a fictional meditation on marriage, loss, and rebirth, a daughter cares for her terminally ill mother while preparing to give birth to her first child

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375401947
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Mother Kind


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ANNE E CROLY Oct 18, 2011

I read two books of hers when I about thirty years ago and they really resonated with me.
I felt Phillips is very self-centered in this book.
I have never had children myself so I could be missing a key component, therefore.
The book seems to be autobiographical, which I found disappointing and felt sorry for "the other woman" and understood her resentment about sharing her children with the new woman (the author.)
Being closer in age now to the author's mother, I suppose I saw the story through the mother's eyes...

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