Random House, Inc. This is the story of three people: acclaimed writer Julia Blackburn; her father, Thomas - a poet and alcoholic with an addiction to barbiturates; and her mother, Rosalie - a flirtatious painter with no boundaries.After Julia's parents divorced, her mother took in male lodgers with the hope they would become her lovers. When one of the lodgers began an affair with Julia, competitive Rosalie was devastated; he later committed suicide, shattering whatever relationship between mother and daughter remained. After thirty years, Rosalie, diagnosed with leukemia, came to live with Julia for the last month of her life. Only then were they allowed, at long last, to exist with an ease they had never known.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Baker & Taylor The author's moving and unsettling memoir of her youth and of her tangled relationships with her parents--an alcoholic, often psychotic poet father and an artist mother who treated her sometimes as a rival, sometimes as a sisterly confidant--is viewed years later as she describes her efforts to reconcile with her estranged dying mother. 15,000 first printing.