Katherine Rosman , a Wall Street Journal reporter, didn’t know her mother well; after her death, she traveled the country to interview people who knew her better than her own daughter.
The result is a new memoir, “If You Knew Suzy”.
Elle calls it “bittersweet, compelling and at times hilarious” and People, this week, raved as well.
I’m curious about a book that investigates a mother’s life, as someone who doesn’t know her Mom well either. I haven’t lived with mine since I was 14 and she is intensely private. The closest I’ve ever come to plumbing the depths of her mind or memories was still only a visual of them, when I saw the images of her brain, preyed upon by a large tumor for many years without any of us knowing it, before her (successful) neurosurgery, which I wrote about. She’s led an interesting life, traveled the world alone, lived in Peru, England, New Mexico, but keeps much of her earliest life to herself.
Do you know your Mom well? Did you learn anything about her after her death that surprised you?
Do you talk to your kids about your own childhood and adolescence?