My Book World
The author’s mother was African-American, and her father was a white Canadian. When they divorce, Natasha’s mother marries a black man, who does all he can to diminish Natasha and her mother. The author not only relies on her memories, which she hides from herself for a long time, but also court case documents and audiotapes, as well as the testimony of others, to write a moving and affecting memoir of her mother’s murder by Trethewey’s stepfather. A true poet in action because every sentence is as lyrical as a line from poetry.
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