Fiction: Mothers & DaughtersSunday, May 7 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Marsh Berkeley - Theater
Relationships between mothers and daughters can be fraught or fruitful—especially for fiction writers. In Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s gloriously evocative On the Rooftop, set in 1953 amid the jazz and R&B clubs in San Francisco’s Fillmore District, a mother gradually realizes that her talented daughters (who perform as the Salvations) might not share her ambitions for stardom. This push and pull also characterizes the relationship in Mary Otis’s Burst, in which a single mother mourns her own squandered artistic ambitions even as she acknowledges her daughter’s growing talents. And in Ramona Ausubel’s The Last Animal, two squabbling teen sisters who accompany their recently widowed mother on an Arctic research expedition discover a perfectly preserved mammoth—and move through their grief to rediscover one another. Bring your mom, or your daughter—you might find common ground through some fabulous new fiction in this session moderated by novelist Jasmin Darznik, author most recently of The Bohemians..
Book signing information: Marcus Books, at the venue
With the support of California College of the Arts MFA Writing program