My Mother Says
Original title: Min mor siger
Publisher: Samleren, Danmark, 2012
Pages: 168 pages
My Mother Says begins at a relationship’s end: the narrator’s long-term girlfriend has just broken things off, forcing her to move back in with her father, a Pink Floyd-loving priest, at his parsonage.
While she desperately tries to convince her girlfriend to reconsider, the rest of the world bombards her with well-intentioned advice: Her childhood friend Mulle becomes her spin doctor; her patient therapist analyzes her feelings through the prism of brain chemicals; her card-playing, red wine drinking priest of a father assumes everything will work itself out in the end; and her overbearing mother doles out often questionable wisdom in a most exhausting fashion. Through the fog of disillusionment, the narrator gives herself permission to grieve, to indulge her contrarianism, to be loud and get drunk, to armchair philosophize and pseudo-intellectualize, and to be generally outrageous until at last she sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
My Mother Says is a short compendium of conversations between people who talk past one another and, as a result, feel misunderstood and lonely. The conversations are interspersed with monologues containing memories, confessions, declarations of love, and temper tantrums dedicated to the narrator’s previous lovers and partners, all of whom she has a hard time letting go.
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