ON THE MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS SPECTRUM - MYLA GOLDBERG, ILANA MASAD
MYLA GOLDBERG / Feast Your Eyes
A compelling and wholly original story from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning,
New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season - about a female photographer
grappling with ambition and motherhood, the balancing act familiar to women
of every generation.
Framed as catalogue notes from a photography show at the MOMA, the novel
tells the life story of (fictional) Lillian Preston: Americas Worst Mother, Americas
Bravest Mother, Americas Worst Photographer, or Americas Greatest Photogra
pher, depending on who was talking. Mother and daughter are confronted with
sudden notoriety that changes the course of their lives. Narrated by daughter
Samantha, Feast Your Eyes is a collage of her own memories, interviews with Lillians
friends and lovers, and excerpts from journals and letters, outlining Lillians life
long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.
MYLA GOLDBERG is the bestselling author of Bee Season, a New York Times
Notable Book, The False Friend, and Wicketts Remedy. She is a winner of the Bor
ders New Voices Prize and her books were adapted to film and widely translated.
ILANA MASAD / All My Mothers Lovers
Maggie Krause has certainties: her queerness, her nine-to-five job, her love of
smoking pot. When her mother Iris dies in a car crash, Maggie is devastated.
Yet Iris never hid her discomfort with her daughters queerness. Alongside her
mothers will, Maggie discovers five sealed envelopes addressed to mysterious
men. Instead of sitting shiva with her family, Maggie decides to hand-deliver the
letters and find out the truth: the discoveries reveal a hidden life that changes
everything Maggie thought she knew. A tender portrait of complex identities
and family grief, All My Mothers Lovers challenges generational divides and
acknowledges how difficult it is to know our parents.
ILANA MASAD is a queer Israeli-American writer and book critic whose work has
appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Paris
Review, etc. All My Mothers Lovers is her debut novel.
Moderator: MARSHA LEDERMAN
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