A reissued, classic feminist text that explores mother-daughter relationships, and aging and ill parents and their loss.
It is rare for an author to re-enter one of her books published twenty years ago. The 2000 edition broke new ground in memoir form and uncharted storytelling. The book tracks how a mother-daughter relationship that was so disconnected was given an odd opening after the author's mother awakens and tells her the bizarre story that she had another (secret) daughter. This seemingly deluded conversation was the opening to a much deeper and compassionate relationship between mother and daughter. The narrative traces the story that bound them together in the mother-daughter relationship, and her reflections help her find clarity, understanding and acceptance. The 2021 edition, reprinted by Inanna for the launch of its Inanna Series, includes a new foreword by Susan Olding, and a new introduction by Warland that explores subsequent questions, insights, and tenderness only the passage of time can enable.
Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Memoir.
Betsy Warland has authored 14 books of creative nonfiction, essays and poetry. Regarding her 2020, Lagoon Lagoon/lost in thought, the Vancouver Sun wrote of her 'magisterial (and yet, paradoxically, minimalist) distillation,' and The Ormsby Review: "her command of art and language is that of a virtuoso." The Winnipeg Free Press review of her 2016 book, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, called it "an astonishing book by a truly luminous writer." A mainstay for writers and teachers, the second edition of Warland's Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing (with new added material) will be released in 2022. This 2021 second edition of Warland's first memoir, Bloodroot—Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss (2000), includes a new, long essay by Warland reflecting on what Bloodroot taught her in terms of craft and the nature of narrative over the past twenty years. Former director and mentor in of the Writer's Studio and Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, Warland received the City of Vancouver Mayor's Literary Excellence Award in 2016. The creation of an annual book award honouring Warland, The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award, will be launched in 2021.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN