Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing: An Author Talk with Elissa Altman

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common will welcome back author Elissa Altman on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Altman will speak about her new book Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing. In the book Altman asks the universal questions that have defined mothers and daughters from Demeter and Persephone to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Please register for the event.

How do you care for a mother you love, but don’t necessarily like? What are the rules—and limitations—of daughterly obligation and care-giving? Can it ever end well? Elissa and Rita have forever struggled to find their place in each other's worlds. Rita, an overreaching, makeup-addicted, narcissistic Manhattan singer couldn't be more different from Elissa, her gay, taciturn New England writer daughter. Stuck in an outrageous maelstrom of codependency, mother and daughter cannot seem to extricate themselves from the center of each other's lives.

Motherland is their universal story: a kaleidoscopic journey built on the ferocity of mother-daughter love, moral obligation, and the possibility and promise of healing.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library and Books on the Common and copies of Motherland will be available for sale and signing at the event.

The Ridgefield Library is located at 472 Main St. in Ridgefield, Conn.

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