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Author Cris Beam left her mothers home at age 14, driven out by a suburban household of hidden chaos and mental illness. Her mother, a distant relative of William Faulkner, told neighbors and family that her daughter had died. The two never saw each other again. Nearly twenty-five years later, after building her own family and happy home life, a lawyer called to say her mother was dead. In this story about the fragility of memory and the complexity of family, Beam decides to look back at her own dark history, and for the secret to her mothers madness.

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Mother, Stranger
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2.6 / 5
Well written
April 16th, 2014
Moving but difficult to read at times. Definitely felt the authors emotions through her writing.
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Mother, Stranger
September 2nd, 2013
I enjoyed this book, but it all seems very fast paced and vague. I have the gist of everything but not a lot of backing info. Leaves me feeling that there is a whole lot more to the story.
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Mother, Stranger
July 21st, 2013
I loved the read but I felt like it ended unfinished. So many pieces left open.
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Quick and easy read
June 23rd, 2013
The beginning is good. The middle has a Faulkner detour and overall it's a bit disjointed. I think a book written from a place of significant pain and hurt can easily lose the reader if parts are omitted or the author is on a path of self descovery during the journey. I believe this is what occured here.
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What the hell?
May 28th, 2013
I was expecting a book. This was more like a term paper. Very lame and vague.
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