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May 5, 2015 / Leslie

The Year My Mother Came Back: A Memoir

A Rapid Review

The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen

Untitled-16Publisher: HighBridge | March 2015
Format: Audio Download | 6 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

Thirty years after her death, Alice’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs surgery, her eldest daughter decides to track down her birth mother, and the year Alice gets a daunting diagnosis.

In this candid memoir about a difficult year in the author’s life, she comes to terms with her relationship with her mother and events from her childhood. Through conversations with her mother, we learn of her mom’s own battle with cancer, its secrecy and shame, her unhappiness at being the stay-at-home mom expected of her in those days, and her unfulfilled dreams.

A complex and ultimately heartfelt memoir about being a mother, being a daughter, and reconciling the circumstances of our past.

Audio production:
The author performs the narration and beautifully brings her story—and her mother—to life. The book was a pleasure to listen to and, at only six hours long, I finished it in one day. An excellent choice over print, especially for listeners new to the format or those that don’t usually choose audio.

Audio Sample:

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Source: Review copy provided by the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
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Leave a Comment
  1. Suko / May 5 2015 2:22 pm

    I enjoyed your rapid review, Leslie! This is memoir is a good choice for Mother’s Day time.


  2. BermudaOnion / May 5 2015 6:38 pm

    Sounds wonderful to me.


  3. irene / May 5 2015 7:17 pm

    thank you for your thoughts.


  4. Vicki / May 6 2015 1:44 pm

    It must have been very emotional for the author to write this book.. I haven’t read anything by her yet, but have What I Thought I Knew on hold at my library.


  5. stacybuckeye / May 9 2015 10:55 pm

    Too emotional for me, mom-wise, but it looks like a good memoir for Mother’s Day.


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