Melissa Cistaro on her lovely and devastatingly beautiful memoir, PIECES OF MY MOTHER, writing the story within, & finding forgiveness

Leslie Lindsay

By Leslie Lindsay 

My own mother essentially abandoned my sister and I, not because she deliberately drove off, never to return, but through the devastating effects of mental illness. She left us for good this summer when she died by suicide. 9781492615385-300

A wife and mother now, I grapple with similar worries and concerns of this illusive mother figure, a similarity in Melissa Cistaro’s PIECES OF MY MOTHER, a hauntingly beautiful and devastatingly real account of her mother’s abandonment when she was just four years old.

We read sometimes to find meaning and understanding in a world that doesn’t align. If you’re looking for hope, forgiveness, and understanding, this is a must-read. But it’s not all roses; Cistaro delves into the depths of despair when she talks about family finances growing up, drugs, alcohol, and her own struggles as a wife and mother: what prevents any of us from just getting…

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4 Comments

  1. What if the book about your mother is the only one inside you and you can’t write until she’s dead?

    1. You can start writing it now. Most memoirs take several years to write…

      1. I think that’s what my blog is about, in the long run. I’m peeling the layers ever so slowly, acclimatising to the exposure and preparing to bare all. Mind you, I probably have thirty years to wait!

      2. Hopefully not that long…

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