Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

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"Mother, are you listening? This is what I have seen and heard and learned. I am the forty-year old Linda and I am ready to speak back." "It has taken twenty years for Linda Gray Sexton to address these words to her mother, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, who committed suicide on October 4, 1974." "Anne Sexton's chronic mental illness was the anguished center of her family's life. While there were wonderful days, long afternoons spent discussing books, poems, and feelings - watching her grow excited when one of my lines pleased her filled me with a shy ecstasy - the gentle moments were hard to remember. Too often, Anne's outrageous behavior made her children cower in fear for the stability of their family." "The bond between mother and daughter was never easy or clear. As a child, Linda was sent away from home for months - caring for Linda overwhelmed Anne, who confessed to having murderous impulses toward her daughter. Later, Anne would suffocate Linda with a capricious possessiveness Linda would learn to recognize as psychological and sexual abuse. I made myself numb, made my body like a stone in exchange for my mother's love. Linda eventually realized she had to break from her mother's toxic embrace in order to save herself." "Searching for Mercy Street is the product of an arduous emotional and intellectual journey of two decades, during which Linda Gray Sexton became an adult and a mother and discovered her own lyrical voice as a novelist; only to find herself fighting the same demons of depression she had watched control her mother. Was I turning into her? I wondered with a flat sort of horror. Had I become "her kind"?" "Searching for Mercy Street is a story with which every mother and daughter will identify, because Linda Gray Sexton writes with profound honesty about this most formative of all relationships: our first. This daughter's memoir provides uniquely personal insights that no biographer or critic has - or could - have offered into the life of a mercurial, troubled poet. Searching for Mercy Street is the story of a woman fighting for her independence long after her mother's death, trying to heal herself by remembering the joy as well as the pain. It is both an act of love and an exorcism - and a riveting true story."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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display_description Linda Gray Sexton's critically acclaimed memoir is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a brilliant, difficult mother and the daughter she left behind. Linda Sexton was twenty-one when her mother killed herself, and now she looks back, remembers, and tries to come to terms with her mother's life. Life with Anne was a wild mixture of suicidal depression and manic happiness, inappropriate behavior, and midnight trips to the psychiatric ward. Anne taught Linda how to write, how to see, how to imagine-and only Linda could have written a book that captures so vividly the intimate details and lingering emotions of their life together. Searching for Mercy Street speaks to everyone who admires Anne Sexton and to every daughter or son who knows the pain of an imperfect childhood. This beautiful new trade paperback edition includes a new introduction by the author.
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subject_facet Electronic books, Mothers and daughters -- United States, Mothers and daughters -- United States -- Biography, Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography, Poets, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships, Sexton, Anne -- Family, Sexton, Anne, -- 1928-1974 -- Family, Sexton, Linda Gray, -- 1953- -- Family, Women poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography
title_display Searching for Mercy Street : my journey back to my mother, Anne Sexton
title_full Searching for Mercy Street : My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton [electronic resource] Sexton, Linda Gray., Searching for Mercy Street : my journey back to my mother, Anne Sexton / Linda Gray Sexton
title_short Searching for Mercy Street :
title_sub My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton
topic_facet Electronic books, Family, Family relationships, Mothers and daughters, Poets, American, Sexton, Anne, Sexton, Linda Gray, Women poets, American