Motherest

Motherest

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2017

Marrying the sharp insights of Jenny Offill with the dark humor of Maria Semple, MOTHEREST is an inventive and moving coming-of-age novel that captures the pain of fractured family life, the heat of new love, and the particular magic of the female friendship -- all through the lens of a fraying daughter-mother bond.


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It's the early 1990s, and Agnes is running out of people she can count on. A new college student, she is caught between the broken home she leaves behind and the wilderness of campus life. What she needs most is her mother, who has seemingly disappeared, and her brother, who left the family tragically a few years prior.

As Agnes falls into new romance, mines female friendships for intimacy, and struggles to find her footing, she writes letters to her mother, both to conjure a closeness they never had and to try to translate her experiences to herself. When she finds out she is pregnant, Agnes begins to contend with what it means to be a mother and, in some ways, what it means to be your own mother.


Baker & Taylor
Agnes, a young college student in the 1990s, writes letters to her estranged mother to try to capture a closeness they never had, but when she discovers she is pregnant, she grapples with the concept of being a mother herself.

Baker
& Taylor

A young college student in the early 1990s writes letters to her estranged and seemingly disappeared mother to try and capture a closeness they never had until she discovers she is pregnant and grapples with the concept of being a mother herself. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, c2017
ISBN: 9781455594443
Branch Call Number: FIC ISK
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,24 cm.

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SarahDormat
Aug 20, 2017

A well-done first novel by Kristen Iskandrian. Set in the 90s, we follow Agnes as she navigates complicated love between friends, family, and a college boyfriend. Iskandrian delivers some truly poignant moments along with dead-pan humor and smart observations.

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