"I quit," my mother said, and that was that. My sister and I were suddenly in charge of the house, laundry, getting ourselves up in the morning, packing lunches, getting off to school and to anywhere else we had to be (I rode my bike to weekly doctor appointments). I was eight, my sister was eleven and my brother was three.
All of this is in my novel, DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME. In most reviews, the book is praised while my mother (surprisingly to me) is scorned as someone who rivals the mother in THE GLASS CASTLE. A book is a book, however, so I have no interest in disabusing people of their ideas of my mother. If they see her as a demon, so be it-it probably makes for a better novel!
Recently, the fabulous Gina Misiroglu of Red Room asked me to write something about my mother for the AOL homepage. I won't say that this piece sets the record straight, but I will say that it shines a more glowing light on my amazing mom. Check it out here: http://www.parentdish.com/2011/05/08/motherhood-moments-more-than-a-stri...
Happy Mother's Day to All!
Causes Jessica Blau Supports
Baltimore School for the Arts, 826DC, CityLit Project.