Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

Title:Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
ISBN:9780062248572
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  • Donna

    Natasha Trethewey has twice been appointed poet laureate of the United States. Her beautiful words, her turn of a phrase, her ability to reach inside the reader and herself by turning thoughts into la...

  • Sue

    Some thirty years after her mother’s death at the hands of her brutal stepfather, Natasha Trethewey is documenting the long, arduous and painful process of reclaiming her memories of her life with h...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    As she says in this, her memorial to her mother, Natasha Trethwey observes "Three decades is a long time to get to know the contours of loss." Her mother, murdered by an abusive stepfather in 1985, ha...

  • Joshunda Sanders

    Content warning: Intimate Partner Violence, Maternal DeathThis harrowing & beautiful memoir is also painful to read, particularly if you have experienced the loss of a parent, of a mother, in a way th...

  • Marialyce

    Not being a great memoir reader, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this particular book. Many times, I feel that the writers of memoirs often embellish their memories and do try for the ult...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    This book is incredible. An incredibly well crafted memoir. A story that is devastating. The writer is superb. There were parts that took my breath away. Wrecked me. This is a must read story of the l...

  • Mehrsa

    This was brutal and it was beautiful. It made me think of No Visible Scars (which if you have not read, you should immediately) about that utter banality and commonness of domestic partner murder. The...

  • Rebecca

    Trethewey grew up in 1960s Mississippi with a Black mother and a white Canadian father, at a time when interracial marriage remained illegal in parts of the South. After her parents’ divorce, she an...

  • Jan Rice

    In this memoir, the poet Natasha Trethewey tells the story of her life in light of the 1985 murder of her mother by her stepfather. The murder takes place on Memorial Drive in metro Atlanta, around th...

  • Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)

    Natasha Trethewey gives an extraordinary look into domestic violence in this memoir. She gives the view point of herself as a child and teenager trying to navigate the mine field her abusive stepfathe...