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Someone Not Really Her Mother
Someone Not Really Her Mother

Someone Not Really Her Mother



158 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.00 (US $16.00) (CA $18.00)

Publication Date: May 2015

ISBN 9780989302357

Rights: US & CA

Atelier26 Books (May 2015)

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This masterful and compassionate novel is split into a series of interlinked stories that tell the tale of Hannah Pearl. As Hannah's memory of the present begins to fade, she increasingly inhabits the world of her ardent and frightened youth in war-torn France and England, while her memories of life in America with her daughter and granddaughters have almost been erased. Throughout the book each character must negotiate the fraught intricacies of memory, geography, and motherhood. The reader will discover and illuminate, with miraculous effect, all the pieces of this intelligent and dream-like puzzle.


"In deft, impressionistic prose, Harriet Scott Chessman has given us an elegant, haunting novel of memory and its loss, flickering like a beautiful dying candle flame, full of private heroisms. So true, so true."  —Susan Vreeland, author, Girl in Hyacinth Blue

"This is a lovely and poignant story to savor."  —Booklist

"Chessman paints word pictures bathed in color and light."  —Boston Globe

"Powerful . . . one of the best books of the year."  —San Francisco Chronicle

Author Biography

Harriet Scott Chessman is a teacher and a librettist. Her fiction has been translated into ten languages, and has been featured in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  She is the author of The Beauty of Ordinary Things, Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels. She lives in Branford, Connecticut.