Linda Boström Knausgård On Motherhood at the Boston Book Festival
October 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-4
All stories may be about relationships, but the connections–nourishing, fraught, or lacking–between mothers and their children offer especially rich fodder for fiction writers. In this session, we’ll explore how three accomplished writers portray the maternal bond. The twelve stories in National Book Award finalist Kate Walbert’s new short story collection, She Was Like That, combine to depict the vast complexities of women’s lives as daughters, wives, and mothers, showing, according to Kirkus Reviews, how “love and loneliness can occupy a heart together.” Helen Phillips’s literary thriller The Need, recently longlisted for the National Book Award, uses tropes of horror and suspense fiction to interrogate one young mother’s complicated and at times frightening feelings about motherhood, as she (not to mention readers) questions her grip on reality. And in Welcome to America, Linda Boström Knausgård turns the tables, utilizing the perspective of a young girl whose father has suddenly died to explore how this traumatic loss redefines everything, including her relationship with her mother. Novelist and parenting expert Lynne Griffin is the perfect host for this session on mothers and children in fiction.