Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian

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Read Motherest Online Free - Marrying the sharp insights of Jenny Offill with the dark humor of Maria Semple, MOTHEREST is an inventive and moving coming-of-age novel that captures the pain of fractured family life, the heat of new love, and the particular magic of the female friendship -- all through the lens of a fraying daughter-mother bond.

It's the early 1990s, and Agnes is running out of people she can count on. A new college student, she is caught between the broken home she leaves behind and the wilderness of campus life. What she needs most is her mother, who has seemingly disappeared, and her brother, who left the family tragically a few years prior.

As Agnes falls into new romance, mines female friendships for intimacy, and struggles to find her footing, she writes letters to her mother, both to conjure a closeness they never had and to try to translate her experiences to herself. When she finds out she is pregnant, Agnes begins to contend with what it means to be a mother and, in some ways, what it means to be your own mother.

Title : Motherest
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ISBN : 1455594458
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Agnes is a young woman haunted by the secret lives of everyone around her. Perhaps that’s because she harbors so many secrets of her own – an absent mother, a brother tragically removed from the family, and...

Nat rated it ★★★★☆

November 23, 2017

Motherest is an inventive and moving coming-of-age novel that captures the pain of fractured family life, the heat of new love, and the particular magic of the female friendship-all through the jagged lens of a fraying daughter-mother bond. That is to say: very character driven with virtually no p...

Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️ rated it ★★★☆☆

September 06, 2017

***3 STARS*** I didn't see that one coming. The title, the cover, the blurb and everything thing else I saw about this book didn't prepare for what I read. It was so much more than I ever imagined. This book opens up your eyes to how a teenage girl sees herself and how her mother's presence and abse...

Lolly K Dandeneau rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2017

via my blog: 'My mother caught me rummaging in her nightstand, she said, You must never look in there again. She said, Certain things are private. Do you know what private means? I did, but I told her I didn’t, which was maybe what my version of private meant...

Jaclyn rated it ★★★★★

January 19, 2018

I have no intention of writing a novel for adults but if I did this would be the book I would be attempting to write. I love quirky-voiced narrators, books set in universities in the 90s and the epistolary form and this has all three! And what I love most of all is books that explore loneliness a...

Kayleigh rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2017

4 out of 5 stars. “I want a friend. I miss everyone I’ve ever known. I miss Tea Rose and Surprise and Joan. I miss that part of my life that happened not so long ago but that already feels ancient, older than my childhood, and I do miss my childhood also, or at least the childhood co-created by my...

Alexandra rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

Wow. This really hit me. Review to come!!

Rasha abdulelah rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 17, 2017

1.5 This book was a good companion, it was very interesting and gave me a good laugh at first but then half way through, it became TOO slow paced and just boring. What drove me to finish the book was curiosity about what happened to the mother, unfortunately I didn't get an answer, just a vague e...

Sian rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2017

My kinda book. It has such a great narrative voice that the story is kinda incidental. But, in case you're interested, it's a 90s college tale that features a missing mom, a dead brother and a boyfriend called Tea Rose.

Amelia rated it ★★★★★

March 20, 2017

Taut and tender, MOTHEREST one-ups the messy teenage page-turner, finding real human truths in its story of a vanished mother and a struggling daughter a source for the sourceless longing of growing up.

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