Missing Alice: In Search of a Mother's Voice (Writing American Women)

Susan Cole

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Synopsis: Author Susan Letzler Cole lost her mother, Alice, to colon cancer in 1990. Alice was 78. In this extraordinary journal, Cole explores the ties that bind mothers and daughters: in life, facing death, and during bereavement. The author aptly calls her work "an experimental memoir, the autobiography of two voices." Here dialogues with her mother, live and late, are spoken in different voices, styles and media, and at divers moments in time.

Correspondence and conversation, real and imagined, allow Cole to defy boundaries between child and parent, and the living and the dead. Shunning linear narrative, she favors four literary vantage points: Letters written to her mother three years after Alice died; oral history via taped conversations between mother and daughter during Alice's illness; excerpted diary entries by the 14-year-old Alice (in 1926) juxtaposed with the author's adolescent writings. Finally, Cole's own diary entries (1997) contemplate vital themes of love, time.and loss. Unusual technique and heartfelt subject matter make this book a fine choice for studies in biography, autobiography, and women's writings, as well as American Jewish and immigrant experiences, oral history/memoir, and grief therapy.

About the Author: Susan Letzler Cole is professor of English and director of the Concentration in Creative Writing at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn. She is the author of The Absent One, Directors in Rehearsal: A Hidden World, and Playwrights in Rehearsal: The Seduction of Company.

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Book Description Syracuse University Press, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Author Susan Letzler Cole lost her mother, Alice, to cancer in 1990. In this autobiography of two voices, she traces a daughter s search to recover the missing parts of a mother, to know her as an individual for the first time. Shunning linear narrative, Cole experiments with a variety of approaches: letters written to her mother three years after Alice died at the age of 78; oral history via taped conversations between mother and daughter during Alice s illness; excerpts from her 14-year-old mother s 1926 diary juxtaposed with the author s expost facto letters to the adolescent diarist. Finally, Cole s own diary entries contemplate vital themes of family, love, and time. At once innovative and heartfelt, Missing Alice seeks to make heard one of those lost women s voices that speak from and help create the world that we know. It is a fine choice for classes in biography, autobiography, and women s writing, as well as American Jewish and immigrant experience, oral history/memoir, and grief therapy. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780815608646

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