In this dark gem of a book by the author of The Kiss, a complex mother-daughter relationship precipitates a journey through depression to greater understanding, acceptance, freedom, and love, .
Spare and unflinching, The Mother Knot is Kathryn Harrison s courageous exploration of her painful feelings about her mother, and of her depression and recovery. Writer, wife, mother of three, Kathryn Harrison finds herself, at age forty-one, wrestling with a black, untamable force that seems to have the power to undermine her sanity and her safety, a darkness that is tied to her relationship with her own mother, dead for many years but no less a haunting presence. Shaken by a family emergency that reveals the fragility of her current happiness, Harrison falls prey to despair and anxiety she believed she d overcome long before. A relapse of anorexia becomes the tangible reminder of a youth spent trying to achieve the perfection she had hoped would win her mother s love, and forces her to confront, understand, and ultimately cast out in startling physical form the demons within herself. Powerful, insightful, unforgettable, by a writer of extraordinary gifts (Tobias Wolff), Kathryn Harrison s The Mother Knot" "is a knockout.
"From the Hardcover edition.""