THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK (2015)
One day, Alice’s brilliant, beautiful, unhappy mother Louise suddenly appears in her kitchen—thirty years after her death. A crisis in Alice’s life brings Louise back in a flood of memories, after having buried thoughts about her for three decades. Not many women would view a medical crisis as a gift, but Alice needed to walk in her mother’s shoes in order to understand her and forgive her, and rediscover her love for her. She opens the door to a woman who’s long dead, faces wounds covered up long ago, and finds the answers to secrets long hidden. In this compelling story of mothers lost and found, Alice finds her mother and rediscovers herself as a mother, finally able to accept her own imperfections.
Rights: Algonquin, World English
At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she’s never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.
In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb–six months into a high-risk pregnancy.
What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate. With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today’s society. Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.
Rights: Viking, World English