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

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

by Linda Gray Sexton


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New York Times Notable Book: A “beautifully written” memoir by the daughter of the brilliant, troubled poet (Detroit Free Press).

This is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a 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.

Growing up with Anne Sexton 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.

“Sexton forcefully communicates the fear, repulsion, neediness, and sorrow that filled her childhood, as well as the agony of her own mental breakdown and her terror of becoming like her mother, in lucid and vivid prose.” —The Boston Globe

“A candid, often painful depiction of a daughter’s struggles to come to terms with her powerful and emotionally troubled mother.” —The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582437446
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 830,041
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels, and her second memoir, Half in Love, was published by Counterpoint in January 2011. She lives in California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Letter 7

In Exile 15

First Metaphors 43

A Maker of Myths 67

More Than Myself 81

Companionship 95

Live or Die 129

Independence 137

The Making of a Literary Executor 175

The Rowing Endeth 195

Afterward 207

Self-Portratt 215

Between Two Worlds 225

In Search of a Biographer 231

Call Me Mother 249

Exposures 273

On the Back of Love 293

The Starting Point 305

Mercy Street 313

Notes and Sources 317

Book Group Reading Guide 323

Acknowledgments 325

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