Wishing for Snow by Minrose Gwin
A Memoir

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Inthe tradition of Jeanette Walls’ TheGlass Castle and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, novelist Minrose Gwin offers a beautifullycrafted memoir of rediscovering her mother, the mentally ill poet Erin Taylor,after a life of growing up with her in the South. In an intimate, surprising,emotional, and ultimately uplifting journey into her mother’s past, Gwin, the critically acclaimed author of The Queen ofPalmyra, offers both a daughter’ssoulful elegy to the mother who raised her, and a powerful tribute from onestrong female writer to another—the Erin Taylor that Minrosenever knew.

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Minrose Gwin is the author of The Queen of Palmyra. She has written three scholarly books, coedited The Literature of the American South, and teaches contemporary fiction at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Published June 21, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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"My mother was crazy. My mother went crazy. I'm not sure which of these statements is true; perhaps both are," Gwin writes. Weaving together childhood diary entries, old letters and poe

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Though Gwin's memoir is a deeply personal account of dealing with mental illness, she fails to convey anything larger, getting caught up in her mother's barbs and behavior.

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