Cris Beam's short memoir Mother, Stranger combines the theme of Motherless Women and Girls and my preoccupation with alternative forms of media and publication. Published on the relatively new website The Atavist , which specializes in nonfiction that is longer than a long-form article but not quite book length the oxymoron "nonfiction novella" comes to mind , Beam's work chronicles the breakdown of her relationship with her mentally-ill mother. Creative, social, and energetic as a child, Beam left her mother and their baffling home when she was For the next 25 years, Beam had only limited contact with her mother, who told neighbors and friends that her daughter had died. News of her mother's death spurs Beam to look back at her childhood and explore the dark destructive force that was her mother's illness. I recently posted an interview with Cris Beam on my blog.
RSS Feed. Book Lanisha to Speak Speaking Topics. For me, that standard was never an arms-reach away. The standard of what a woman should be actually didn't come from the things my mother did but instead the things she didn't do. My mother decided on a new life that meant we would live in two different states. Her decision left me to be raised by my father during the most developmental years of my life. The magazine was tangible, it was reliable, and the pages were mine to tear out and hang on my wall.
Motherless Daughters is an Australian not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting girls and women whose mums have died. The organisation was founded in by two Victorian women with the hope of making a difference to the lives of those who have lost their mums and with firm beliefs that identification and being in contact with other motherless daughters is both therapeutic and comforting. We provide support through events, functions and an online space that connects girls and women of all ages.
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