Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton (Paperback)

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

An honest, intimate memoir that offers a “candid, often painful depiction of a daughter’s struggles to come to terms with her powerful and emotionally troubled mother”—the poet Anne Sexton (New York Times)

This is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a difficult mother and the daughter she left behind. Linda Sexton was 21 when her mother killed herself, and now she looks back, remembers, and tries to come to terms with her mother’s life.

Growing up with Anne Sexton was a wild mixture of suicidal depression and manic happiness, inappropriate behavior and midnight trips to the psychiatric ward. Anne taught Linda how to write, how to see, how to imagine—and only Linda could have written a book that captures so vividly the intimate details and lingering emotions of their life together. Searching for Mercy Street speaks to everyone who admires Anne Sexton and to every daughter or son who knows the pain of an imperfect childhood.

About the Author

Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels, and her second memoir, Half in Love, was published by Counterpoint in January 2011. She lives in California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781582437446
ISBN-10: 1582437440
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publication Date: April 1st, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English