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My Mama's Waltz: A Book for Daughters of Alcoholic Mothers

Agnew, Eleanor; Robideaux, Sharon

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ISBN 10: 0671013858 / ISBN 13: 9780671013851
Verlag: Atria
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Titel: My Mama's Waltz: A Book for Daughters of ...

Verlag: Atria

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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We spent our childhoods and teen years waltzing psychologically with our alcoholic mothers, fearfully taking whatever symbolic steps were necessary to keep from accidentally stepping on their toes... With stunning honesty, "My Mama's Waltz" brings to light the painful legacy of daughters of alcoholic mothers-- in the first book to focus solely on this fractured relationship. Eleanor Agnew and Sharon Robideaux share their own personal accounts along with the memories and experiences of hundreds of women, from all ages and backgrounds, in an intimate and powerful narrative journey. Individually, their voices are courageous and unforgettable; together, they rise in a resounding chorus of support and compassion, confirming that women who deal with the remnants of a childhood cut short by an alcoholic mother are not alone. The outpouring of emotion expressed in "My Mama's Waltz" reflects how daughters, more so than sons, are forced to tend to a drunken mother, care for younger siblings, and endure a mother's abuse or abandonment. We may see ourselves or women close to us in the common outlooks, the obstacles and personal difficulties faced by adult daughters, or in the wellspring of conflicted emotion released by an alcoholic mother's death. We may recognize the shattered mother-daughter dynamic whose grip is felt into adulthood, or relate to the childhood fantasy, never completely lost, to have come from a "perfect" family. But through these common bonds come hope, understanding, and the ability to reconcile the past. Ultimately, "My Mama's Waltz" offers tremendous emotional support to those wishing to overcome the alcoholic mother's destructive influences and create a happy, fulfilled life. The brave women heard here affirm that the pain can be healed... and a daughter's heart made whole at last.


"I loved my mom very much. I also hated her." The confusion and pain experienced by daughters of alcoholic mothers remains a somewhat taboo subject, but is thoroughly explored in this fascinating and inspiring book by Eleanor Agnew and Sharon Robideaux. The two authors come from entirely different backgrounds: one is the daughter of an educated East Coast professional family; the other, from a family of poverty-stricken, uneducated Southerners. What they have in common is their childhood with alcoholic mothers, their consequent suffering of mental and physical abuse, and their struggle with the need to protect, keep secrets, and survive. Agnew and Robideaux gathered the stories in My Mama's Waltz from more than 200 other daughters of alcoholic mothers, and the book brings with it the force of truth in numbers. Though all the tales in this compassionate and important book ring with clarity, it is the personal stories of Agnew and Robideaux that most strongly resonate with anguish, and, eventually, hope. --Ericka Lutz

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