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All My Mother's Lovers
by Ilana Masad




Overview -
One of . . .
Electric Literature's Most Anticipated Debuts of Early 2020 - O, The Oprah Magazine's 31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020 - Publishers Weekly's Spring 2020 Literary Fiction Announcements - BuzzFeed's Most Highly Anticipated Books of 2020 - The Millions's Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2020 Book Preview - The Rumpus's What to Read When 2020 Is Just Around the Corner - LGBTQ Reads's 2020 LGBTQAP Adult Fiction Preview: January-June - Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020 - BookRiot's Must-Read Debut Novels of 2020 - Bitch's 27 Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020 - Harper's Bazaar's 14 LGBTQ+ Books to Look For in 2020 - NewNowNext's 11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring - Cosmopolitan's 12 Books You'll Be Dying to Read This Summer - Salon's The Best and Boldest New Must-Read Books for May - Lambda Literary's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020" - The Rumpus's What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Mothers

A queer tour-de-force . . . Compelling and astonishing.-Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause--despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss--until, that is, Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie's mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris's will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she's never heard of.

In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris--who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter's sexuality--Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris's second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents' perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother? And how can she deal with her own relationship when her whole world is in freefall?

Told over the course of a funeral and shiva, and written with enormous wit and warmth, All My Mother's Lovers is the exciting debut novel from fiction writer and book critic Ilana Masad. A unique meditation on the universality and particularity of family ties and grief, and a tender and biting portrait of sex, gender, and identity, All My Mother's Lovers challenges us to question the nature of fulfilling relationships.

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Overview

One of . . .
Electric Literature's Most Anticipated Debuts of Early 2020 - O, The Oprah Magazine's 31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020 - Publishers Weekly's Spring 2020 Literary Fiction Announcements - BuzzFeed's Most Highly Anticipated Books of 2020 - The Millions's Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2020 Book Preview - The Rumpus's What to Read When 2020 Is Just Around the Corner - LGBTQ Reads's 2020 LGBTQAP Adult Fiction Preview: January-June - Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2020 - BookRiot's Must-Read Debut Novels of 2020 - Bitch's 27 Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020 - Harper's Bazaar's 14 LGBTQ+ Books to Look For in 2020 - NewNowNext's 11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring - Cosmopolitan's 12 Books You'll Be Dying to Read This Summer - Salon's The Best and Boldest New Must-Read Books for May - Lambda Literary's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020" - The Rumpus's What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Mothers

A queer tour-de-force . . . Compelling and astonishing.-Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause--despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss--until, that is, Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie's mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris's will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she's never heard of.

In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris--who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter's sexuality--Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris's second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents' perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother? And how can she deal with her own relationship when her whole world is in freefall?

Told over the course of a funeral and shiva, and written with enormous wit and warmth, All My Mother's Lovers is the exciting debut novel from fiction writer and book critic Ilana Masad. A unique meditation on the universality and particularity of family ties and grief, and a tender and biting portrait of sex, gender, and identity, All My Mother's Lovers challenges us to question the nature of fulfilling relationships.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781524745974
  • ISBN-10: 1524745979
  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Publish Date: May 2020
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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All My Mother’s Lovers

I only had to read the title of Ilana Masad’s debut novel to be hooked. It doesn’t spoil the plot to learn that within the first few pages of All My Mother’s Lovers, the mother in question, Iris, dies, leaving behind her daughter, Maggie; her husband, Peter; her son, Ariel; and at least some of the titular lovers. 

Iris left each of these men a letter to be read in the event of her death. Maggie, appalled at the revelation of her mother’s secret life, takes it upon herself to hand-deliver them. Lucky for her, all these chaps live within driving distance. Like Maggie, the reader spends much of the novel wondering why Iris, whose marriage and family have been a source of endless joy, would want to step out on her husband—and not once, but multiple times until the day of her death. Was she trying to work out the trauma of her ghastly first marriage? Sort of, but not really. The reasons don’t add up, reminding the reader of life’s untidiness. Maggie, after all, knew her mother for 27 years and had no idea who she really was. Indeed, the two women were pretty opaque to each other. Iris could never quite approve of her daughter’s sexuality, and Maggie actually believed, for a long time, that her mother disliked her.

Masad’s writing style is easy and straightforward, even if her characters aren’t. Maggie was a bit of a mess even before her mother’s death. She’s prickly, rude and histrionic but craves love even as she’s wary of it. She and Ariel have made a lifelong game out of being mean to each other, and both children are polar opposites of their gentle, wise, accepting dad. Masad gives Peter a counterpart in Maggie’s meltingly sweet girlfriend, Lucia. It’s not a coincidence that the beginning and end of the novel find Lucia and Maggie in an intimate situation.

A story of good but difficult characters and the openhearted people who love them, All My Mother’s Lovers is a compassionate and insightful work.

 

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