264 pp., 6.125 x 9.25
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5168-2
Published: February 2019
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5167-5
Published: April 2019
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Awards & distinctions
A Spring 2019 Okra Pick: Great Southern Books Fresh Off the Vine, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
In addition to the editors, contributors include Belle Boggs, Marshall Chapman, Hal Crowther, Clyde Edgerton, Marianne Gingher, Jaki Shelton Green, Sally Greene, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Eldridge “Redge” Hanes, Lynden Harris, Randall Kenan, Phillip Lopate, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Jill McCorkle, Melody Moezzi, Elaine Neil Orr, Steven Petrow, Margaret Rich, Omid Safi, James Seay, Alan Shapiro, Bland Simpson, Sharon K. Swanson, and Daniel Wallace.
About the Authors
Samia Serageldin is the author of several books, including The Cairo House and Love Is Like Water, and is an editor of South Writ Large. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
For more information about Samia Serageldin, visit the Author Page.
Lee Smith is the best-selling author of over a dozen books, including Dimestore: A Writer's Life and Guests on Earth. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
For more information about Lee Smith, visit the Author Page.
“It is striking to observe, again and again, how the unique character of any mother reverberates, in ways small and large, in the lives of her children. . . . There can never be too many mother essays in the world for me.”--Chapter 16
"Mothers and Strangers is a rare thing: a book of intelligence, heartbreak, humor, and grace all in one. If you did or do have a mother, this collection of thoughtful, well-told essays is for you."--Therese Anne Fowler, author of Z and A Well-Behaved Woman
"By turns touching, wistful, irreverent, and deeply, hilariously wicked, this book—featuring some of my favorite writers--earns its title. It left me--and I expect it will leave many readers--a ‘little bit homesick,’ in Lee Smith’s words. I’m very glad it fell into my hands." --David Payne, author of Barefoot to Avalon
"A fascinating and variegated account of the way children construct their mothers in childhood and then have to reconstruct them as adults. Mothers and Strangers is a rumination on the delicate interweaving of our mothers’ extreme familiarity with their ultimate inscrutability, offering a multitude of diverse and compelling perspectives."--Sarah Menkedick, author of Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm
Multimedia & Links
Listen: Host Frank Stasio talks to co-editor Samia Serageldin and contributor Michael Malone in this episode of WUNC's The State of Things: The Women We Love Most Are the Ones We Know Least (05/01/2019, running time 17:27)
Read: A Q&A with co-editors Serageldin and Smith at The Literary South. (April 2019)