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PAGES: 288


ISBN: 978-1-61620-319-1

LIST PRICE: $23.95


PAGES: 288

LIST PRICE: $23.95

For the first time in decades I’m remembering Mom, all of her–the wonderful and terrible things about her that I’ve cast out of my thoughts for so long. I’m still struggling to prevent these memories from erupting from their subterranean depths. Trying to hold back the flood. I can’t, not today. The levees break.

Thirty years after her death, Alice Eve Cohen’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs a harrowing surgery, her eldest daughter decides to reunite with her birth mother, and Alice herself receives a daunting diagnosis. As it turns out, it’s entirely possible for the people we’ve lost to come back to us when we need them the most.

Although letting her mother back into her life is not an easy thing, Alice approaches it with humor, intelligence, and honesty. What she learns is that she must revisit her childhood and allow herself to be a daughter once more in order to take care of her own girls. Understanding and forgiving her mother’s parenting transgressions leads her to accept her own and to realize that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good mother.



“A wry, magical memoir about the transcendent power of mother-daughter love.” —Elle

“Fiercely brave and unflinchingly honest, Alice Eve Cohen’s fearless new memoir, The Year My Mother Came Back, pushes away all boundaries, telling a deeply true story, even while imagining conversations with her dead mother. In doing so, she has written an important memoir that takes the reader on an astonishing journey.” —The Brooklyn Rail

“Evolving into a sort of magical realism that wouldn’t be out of place in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel . . . [The Year My Mother Came Back] is a heartwarming story, perfect for Mother’s Day, for both mothers and daughters.” —The Oklahoman

“[The Year My Mother Came Back] explores mother-daughter relationships with humor, warmth, and a great deal of clever insight . . . A multigenerational story with Cohen’s remarkable, ahead-of-her-time mother—remembered and imagined—at the center of it all.” —Birmingham Magazine

Meet the author

Alice Eve Cohen’s first memoir, What I Thought I Knew,received the Elle Magazine Literary Grand Prix for Nonfiction, was one of O: The Oprah Magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer, and was one of Salon’s Best Books of the Year. A solo theater artist and playwright, she has toured her plays nationally and internationally. She teaches at the New School and lives with her family in New York City.