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Mother Daughter Widow Wife ❮Reading❯ ➿ Mother Daughter Widow Wife Author Robin Wasserman – From the author of Girls on Fire comes a psychologically riveting novel centered around a woman with no memory the scientists invested in studying her and the daughter who longs to understand Who is W From the author of Girls on Fire comes a psychologically riveting novel centered Mother Daughter ePUB í around a woman with no memory the scientists invested in studying her and the daughter who longs to understand Who is Wendy Doe The woman found on a Peter Pan Bus to Philadelphia has no money no ID and no memory of who she is where she was going or what she might have done She’s assigned a name and diagnosis by the state Dissociative fugue a temporary amnesia that could lift at any moment—or never at all When Dr Benjamin Strauss invites her to submit herself for experimental observation at his Meadowlark Institute for Memory Research she feels like she has no other choice To Dr Strauss Wendy is a female body subject to his investigation and control To Strauss’s ambitious student Lizzie Epstein she’s an object of fascination a mirror of Lizzie’s own desires and an invitation to wonder once a woman is untethered from all past and present obligations of womanhood who is she allowed to become To Alice the daughter she left behind Wendy Doe is an absence so present it threatens to tear Alice’s world apart Through their attempts to untangle the mystery of Wendy’s identity—as well as Wendy’s own struggle to construct a new self—Wasserman has crafted a jaw dropping multi voiced journey of discovery reckoning and reclamation Searing propulsive and compassionate Mother Daughter Widow Wife is an ambitious exploration of selfhood from an expert and enthralling storyteller.

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Mother Daughter Widow Wife
  • Robin Wasserman
  • English
  • 10 July 2015
  • 9781982139490

About the Author: Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of the novels MOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE June Mother Daughter ePUB í and GIRLS ON FIRE Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Tin House The Los Angeles Review of Books and several short story anthologies A recent MacDowell Colony fellow she is also the New York Times bestselling author of than ten novels for young adults and teaches in the low residency MFA program.

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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    “You know how you change yourself into a different person?” “How?” “This is gonna sound cheesy but” He blushed “What they say in there it’s true You change by making one decision you wouldn’t have made before You walk into the meeting Even going to the meeting and leaving before it starts It’s something One decision at a time You are what you choose right? All you have to do is choose different” How much can something change before it becomes something else? Have you ever done something out of character? Something that is really just not you? I have had the pleasure only very few times Cowardice is soooo much easier Life takes a lot less energy if you do not place yourself in risky situations It had been a really tough year in a variety of ways that I will not bore you with I needed to do something to break out of my suffocating shell so decided the time was right for a cross country adventure And managed it sort of Bought an old twenty foot three and a half ton stick shift Post Office truck for three hundred something bucks at an auction somewhere in New Jersey Recruited some friends to join then three others when those dropped out fitted the thing out with a carpet and some tossed furniture and we set out The vehicle did not make it all the way to the other coast but that’s not the point Who the hell was that 20 year old guy who managed this enterprise got it together made it happen? He was a stranger to me How many of us have these other people inside us or that we create on the fly to meet a need? Are they any less true versions of us than the versions that came before or that arrive later?Robin Wasserman Image from LitHubRev up your gray cells We’re going for a ride In Mother Daughter Widow Wife Robin Wasserman explores the notion of women defining themselves Wendy Doe was found on a Peter Pan bus bound for Philadelphia maybe missed the Neverland stop? no ID no name no idea where she’d been heading or where she had come from no memory of who she was or had ever been Must have left her baggage on the bus if she had even brought any with her I wanted to write a book about amnesia that was a story not about finding out about the past but about building a new life from scratch and trying to figure out who you would be if you had no memories and no baggage and no obligations For me it was a chance to explore the science of memory the history of psychology from Bookreporter Wendy is not the only character in this novel contending with such issues Having been one sort of a person for so long there are others who cross a line and become for a time at least some other person Wendy’s is the most dramatic shift as her prior self no longer resides in her memory at all The book was clearly also an exploration for Wasserman for personal reasons can you discuss the various influences on your book? Bach fugues General Hospital Abandoned mental asylums The hysterics of the Salpêtrière Dropping out of grad school Growing up in the Philly suburbsLoneliness Rage Paris Ongoing existential confusion about what it means to be an adult woman without any of the supposed trappings partner kid house etc of adulthood A from Lit Hub interviewThere is Lizzie Epstein a research fellow who just landed one of the plum jobs in her field She is assigned Wendy as her project by the head of the Meadowlark Institute psych research superstar Dr Benjamin Strauss Lizzie is almost as subject to Strauss’s charisma as Wendy is to his control She is re booting her career after a bit of a mis step on the other coast Lizzie’s interaction with Wendy helps fuel her own uestions about what she wants what she can be The Widow Elizabeth is Lizzie at age forty eight having married and now survived Dr Stuart Elizabeth had already gone through a change in self identification when she married Benjamin Her story is about how she struggled with wanting a career while smitten with Stuart We see her now at forty eight then as a star struck student and also get looks at her efforts to find or define her true self as she carves an intellectual room of her own away from him and his work in the years betweenWendy sees herself as a body into which her consciousness has been dropped She could as easily have been named Wendy DeNovo She has zero recollection of her prior life but has retained cognitive capacity and internalized learning She can express herself perfectly fine But it takes constant exposure to find out what she likes and dislikes What’s your favorite color Wendy? Let me think about that for a second There is an interesting dynamic at play during Wendy’s time with Elizabeth at the institute She may not recognize her own face but she is putting together a personality Was it the one she had mislaid? Maybe maybe not But we are assured that once Wendy recovers her memory her current personality will vanish a nice word for die So Wendy has an incentive to not get well What kind of symptom wants to find its own cure? The Daughter is Alice Wendy’s college age daughter She comes to the Institute looking for clues to who the Wendy side of her mother was maybe to help her figure out who it is she wants to be And in going through this process finds a way to express unsuspected aspects of herselfAlice is primarily a daughter in terms of her role as it relates to the title of the book Lizzie is a daughter wife and widow and Wendy may be a wife and mother but only in her prior existence The Wendy we know is single and childless But slotting characters into roles is certainly not the way to go about this The book is about what women might do if freed of the roles of mother daughter widow and wife Can Alice be her fullest self without seeing herself through the eyes of her parents? Wendy is literally a whole new person once removed from the roles of mother and wife Lizzie was all about work until encountering Stuart ElizabethLizzie’s role as a daughter is explored as is her role as a wife a step mother and widow Stepping away from the roles she was given and has taken on is her challenge What do I do now?There is a lot going on here that gives the challenges the characters take on added oomph fuguefyo͞oɡnounnoun fugue; plural noun fuguesMusic a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase the subject is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the partsPsychiatry a state or period of loss of awareness of one's identity often coupled with flight from one's usual environment associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy This is what Wendy is experiencing The music element is explored as well and best of all the combination of the two There is a patient at the institute who cannot form new memories but he manages to play Bach’s Unfinished Fugue over and over Benjamin is also particularly fond of the form Benjamin said the fugue was like the self frugal subjects inverting subverting transforming over time but always somehow ineffably and fundamentally the same He said the fugue was like the mind rigid rules imposed on finite elements spawning an infinity of combinatorial possibility a generative complexity from which arose thought beauty human consciousness He said fugue was a junction of reason and unreason enlightenment rationalism fused with renaissance mysticism a limited space where finite met infinite He said Bach used music to encode the divine—like our neurons Benjamin said our axons and dendrites our neurotransmitters every mind its own creator which tells us a lot about Benjamin Another motif that permeates is Augustine Liz takes on a project looking into the history of a French woman named Augustine who had become the poster child for the hysteria diagnosis so popularly stamped on uncooperative women in the late 19th century and sadly well beyond a “lost girl held hostage in a house of science” the genius men reducing her to a pathology Did she have the maladies they saw or did they create them and did she create her own malady? Saint Augustine is brought into the mix as well Lizzie had puzzled over this line from the Confessions than any other Any duration is divisible into past and future the present occupies no space And yet Augustine also said the past and future were only figments Conseuence there is no now there are no thens There is only memory and imagination no differential of reality wedged between But what about those memories? Do they fully define who we are? That is certainly a popular view Memories make us who we are They create our worldview in ways we hardly realize Like a character made of Legos we're built of blocks of memory that all fit together to form our consciousness How can it be otherwise? Aug 8 2017 – Psychology Today Surely we are not purely memory Perhaps we are at least in eual measure our decisions And where is the line between growth and change? When does identity the accumulation of memories we have and decisions we have made allow us to cast off a crusty husk and take on new wings?The men in this book are all absent in ways large and small Alice’s father never asks her about herself Strauss what we see of him maintains a dual life of which Lizzie only gets to see a part She sees her father as a lesser being for the fact that her mother left him One character gets into a relationship with a guy precisely because she wants to remain unseen and he fits the bill Yet another guy is polite and considerate to the point of the total absence of passion So not a lot to hang onto if you need a relatable male figure here But then this is really about the women and their self definitions so it is what it is Mother Daughter Widow Wife is a remarkable novel engaging enough for the struggles its characters take on and incredibly stimulating for the notions considered What makes us who we are is always an interesting concept What pathways might appear for women freed of or having wrested themselves away from society’s expectations is likewise a fascinating eternal subject about humanity How much of us is nature and how much nurture? The Augustinian and musical deep dives were both fun and stimulating I did not feel a deep empathy for the characters well maybe except for Wendy But the bravura look at the making and remaking of selves made it all worth the tripReview posted – July 3 2020Publication date – June 23 2020I received an ARE of this book from Scribner in return for a fugue free review Thanks too to MC You know who you are EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal Twitter and FB pagesWasserman a former children’s book editor has written than ten YA novels including a series that was developed for the Lifetime Channel Her essays have appeared in the NY Times The LA Review of Books and Tin House and her stories have appeared in several anthologies This is her first novel for adultsInterviews Lithub – May 19 2016 Robin Wasserman Respect the Power of the Teenage Girl for Girls on Fire The Atlantic – October 23 2013 'Stephen King Saved My Life'Items of Interest NamUS a missing persons clearinghouse Wikipedia Louise Augustine Gleizes Bookreportercom Wasserman’s elevator pitch for the book at 726 of the videoSongsMusic Bach’s Unfinished Fugue Pat Benetar Love is a Battlefield Jessye Norman Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Review to followFor starters I felt the title was powerful than the book I was bored oftenThen I’d get interested investedThen bored againHad positives and negatives for me More later I’m backI don’t think I fully understand this bookI knew that a woman had disappeared’presumably’ committed suicideI understood that Lizzie a scientist was hired by the Senior scientist Dr Benjamin Strauss to to examine scrutinize and analyze a woman who was found on a bus with amnesia in a fugue state They named the woman ‘Wendy Doe’ Alice was Wendy’s daughter but we learn this about twenty years later Alice wants to learn as much as she can about her mother and needed Lizzie Elizabeth’s help Between past and present storytellingWendy LizzieElizabethAlice each narrating divided into XIV sectionsI felt a combination of confusion boredom with occasional real interest I felt held hostage to keep reading note clearly I’m responsible and could have stopped reading instead I took twice as many notes thinking I’d find answers if I kept at itI wasn’t able to fully comprehend the depths of inuiry this book was asking of us about memory and identity women’s bodies and who they belong to I felt like a flunkeewhich made me feel kinda crappy about myself I thought if I read I’d feel betterby understanding Unfortunately I didn’t feel tons betterBUTthere WERE ‘PARTS’ I ENJOYEDI felt most connected to Lizzie Epstein the scientistBut mostly I felt trapped in the same way Wendy Doe did when she had no memoryor didn’t understood what was happening to her I know that mothers and daughters together are a powerful force to reckon with but I struggled with the most basic themes of the complexities of their separationReading this book was a little maddening — not sure what went wrong I’m struggling now trying to explain itMy own husband ‘liked’ watching me suirm WHAT? I honestly needed helpPaul laughed at me He said “struggling is good for you” I hated him Lol A simple sentence could knock me off my comfort mountain “Her mother’s life was not defined by its end any than Alice’s life is defined by its beginning”WHAT DOES THAT ‘REALLY’ mean? I danced that sentence around in my head a half dozen times trying to imagine the mother and Alice at different stages of their lives Yepfelt lost My brain hurt Still hurts DO NOT PASS GOGO DIRECTLY TO OTHER REVIEWS They’re enthrallingPlease don’t let my limitations lack of understanding the contextual purpose influence others from reading this book Other readers loved itI Sincerely want to thank Scriber Publishing Netgalley and Robin WassermanA low 3 star rating

  3. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Is this smoke coming out of my frying brain cells? Sure it is I need an urgent transplant because my brain is not functioning properly It worked too much to understand this book and I hear the alarm bells and whooshing sound in my earsYes it was too much to handle This book terribly exhausted me and at some parts I failed to understand what the author meant Maybe I’m not smart enough or I’m not in the great mood to focus but I’m lostThere are so many parts are greatly written and I truly enjoyed but at some parts I lost my interest and I wanted to stop and put it on my “dnf” shelf This is different kind of Switzerland book because normally when I give a book three stars I don’t enjoy them much but I also don’t hate them This time I enjoyed some parts of the book mother daughter relationship mystery about the women suffering from amnesia moving back and forth to learn Wendy and Alice’s connection but I also hated vague slow burn flat pacing and big plot holes I didn’t get the answers I needed I was not intelligent enough to read the secret messages of the linesWe’re introduced Lizzie a scientist starts to work Neuroscience facility hired by Dr Benjamin Strauss She finds a big opportunity to work on a rare case Wendy Doe suffering from amnesia fugue state brought out the facilityAnd decades later Lizzie meets with Alice at her doorstep Alice’s mother is presumed dead but Alice believes that she is alive When she was younger her mother disappeared for months in fugue state and then she returned back So she thinks it could happen again and she needs Lizzie’s helpThis book is about losing yourself and giving up your life your identity and how to get them back how to rediscover yourself As far as I get from the long windy chapters and the small clues I gathered from going back and forth to the stories of three women the reason they gave up so much and lost themselves connected to the menThis is dark complex compelling feminism and re discovery story like a phoenix’s rising from the ashes When I read some parts I felt like I found a uniue gem but pacing moving in the dark and plot holes unanswered uestions bizarre dialogues failed me At some parts I asked myself WTH I’m reading? What does it mean?It’s than thought provoking and mostly mind numbing brain cell eliminating exhausting train ride for me I’m giving my 3 stars as I mentioned at the beginning I still adore author’s talent and motivation It’s still great reading but I think I need at least 12 hours sleep because this book made me feel like I ran 15K marathon And I felt like I just rent inside my head to a noisy construction company building a shopping mall complex My head aches so muchSpecial thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for sharing this ARC in exchange my honest reviewbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  4. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestMOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE is an interesting book that gets interesting as you read because it goes in several directions that you probably won't expect The format is a bit tricky because it's told in multiple timelines with multiple POVs It took me a shamefully long time to figure that out going in so I'll detail a little about what's going on to make it easier for othersLizzie is an ambitious student working at a research institution Her professor gives her a golden opportunity to study a woman who has been checked in to the institute who has dissociative amnesia Her POV takes place in the past Elizabeth is grown up Lizzie now widowed and no longer involved in science Her POV takes place in the present Wendy is the name given to the woman with amnesia short for Wendy Doe who is surprisingly cynical about her situation Her POV takes place in the past Alice is Wendy's daughter She's looking into her mother's checkerboard past now that she's gone missing again Her POV is in the presentThese three women and the roles they play in the narrative gradually intertwine Over the course of the novel you learn about what drives Lizzie what happened traumatic incident happened to Wendy and how Alice lives under the shadow of her own psychological problems that remain largely unchecked The psychologyneuroscience angle doesn't come into play as centrally as I thought it would and this book isn't uite the thriller I imagined it would be based on the blurb and the cover It's almost like a domestic drama like Lianne Moriarty would write where it takes these intimate scenes from people's lives and uses them to do an exhaustive character study on some truly flawed and yet completely relatable charactersThe first two thirds of this book read much faster than the last third I did feel like it slowed down a little but before I could get bored Wasserman threw a curveball that completely changed my feelings about one of the other characters in the book and put their relationship with another character in a wholly new light It made me realize how careful the foreshadowing was and let me read the story with new eyes I'm always impressed when an author can do that successfully as it shows such careful planning MOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE is the type of book that will do really well in book clubs and I wouldn't be surprised to see it topping the best seller charts when it comes out It made me realize that I have some other Wasserman titles in my TBR pile that I really ought to read because I'm a sucker for books about morally grey women and she's uite good at writing them Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review35 stars

  5. Kristy Kristy says:

    Filled with complex emotions and topics but wordy and longWendy Doe is found in Philadelphia without an ID and no memory of who she is She becomes a patient at Dr Benjamin Strauss' Meadowlark Institute basically her only alternative for being cast out on the streets Dr Strauss and his young student Lizzie study Wendy fascinated by her fugue diagnosis Meanwhile years later Wendy's daughter Alice is looking for her mother who has disappeared again Wondering if her mother's past disappearance which she never knew about could be tied to the current one Alice searches out Benjamin Strauss and Lizzie She discovers Lizzie is now a young widow and begins a journey into both her mother's past and Lizzie's Every daughter became a mother every mistress a wife every wife a widow This is a hard book for me to rate even several weeks after finishing it Is it a brilliant work examining womanhood and love or a frustrating tale that leaves you feeling unresolved? This is certainly a complex book that features complex science emotions and feelings Wasserman has done her research and there are pages and pages devoted to the science of dissociative fugue amnesia and I won't lie it's a lot There were times I found myself just skimming those sections because it was a bit much for me I didn't care much for the character of Alice and I'm not entirely sure why because her mother is missing presumed dead by suicide by everyone except Alice and she's worried But there's something about Alice that just didn't make her particularly sympathetic to me As for Lizzie even though she didn't make the best of choices I liked her Maybe I identified better with her We get to see Lizzie in the past and present and Wasserman does a good job of capturing the yearning of loving someone who doesn't deserve you and the idea of becoming someone else for love Even Wendy is hard to care about sometimes because she just doesn't seem to care herself To her her memory is a thing she's lost but because she can't remember she doesn't seem too concerned 'You don't get it I don't not want it back and I don't want it back There is no it You can't miss what never happened' What was so hard with this book is that there were just so many words Oh the words Words about science words about feelings words words words It just felt long I wasn't entirely invested in the story but I did want to find Alice's mother but then everything just felt sort of eh and unresolved and yeah I don't know So much thinking not much happening I think this novel probably presents some brilliant ideas and representations but they went over my head 275 stars rounded to 3 here I received a copy of this novel from Scribner and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb

  6. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    35 stars If you were a fan of Wasserman's last book GIRLS ON FIRE I want to make sure you know right away that this is a much slower book I could tell it would wrestle with some tough stuff but given the juicy hook and her previous book I wasn't expecting the slow pace and I think I would've had a better experience if I'd known thatThe hook of this book is a woman in a fugue state Wendy Doe who is at the center of two other women's stories Wendy has lost all her memories and has ended up as a patient at a Neuroscience facility where Lizzie has just started a fellowship It is an opportunity to study something very rare but it's not what in line with Lizzie's previous studies Wendy is presented to her almost as a gift by Dr Strauss the renowned scientist who runs the facility Lizzie is feeling lost after the end of a relationship and the sudden failure of the projects she'd worked on in grad school and takes what Strauss offers because she doesn't know what else to doAlice's mother has just disappeared and while everyone else insists she's dead Alice discovers that when she was young her mother was missing for months while in a fugue state and wonders if it could have happened again She shows up on Lizzie's doorstep decades later sending them both back into the pastIt's a very juicy hook and it set my expectations as a reader And there are some mysteries for us to solve But that isn't Wasserman's main concern What she really wants to do is consider Alice now and Lizzie at these two different points in time and the way that these three women lose themselves give themselves up or become someone else either through or because of men When these stories all come together when we get to see the depth of their confusion their struggle with their own sense of self the book really comes together Unfortunately for me it took so long to get there and then it couldn't sustain itself Eventually one man becomes such a villain that it opens up a whole set of new discoveries which we then basically drop and wrap up instead of diving into I wanted all of the book to be what it was at its best the third uarter of it instead of what most of it was Sometimes it's really hard to judge a book when you feel like there's a better book hiding inside it that if you carved some parts away and expanded other parts it would be what you want it to be It's an unfair thing to ask of a book but it's also the real reaction I had

  7. Jennifer Blankfein Jennifer Blankfein says:

    A woman has lost her memory and agrees to be studied by a doctor and his medical student Multiple points of view and an unexpected discovery at the end kept the story moving along Full review to come on Book Nation by Jen

  8. Natasha Niezgoda Natasha Niezgoda says:

    ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE THE ODDEST READING EXPERIENCE I’VE HAD IN A LONG TIMEI mean it I witnessed boobs being described as crusty festooning flesh and sexual experiences ending in “he burped into my unwaxed pubes”Yeah ummm Okay But why? 🤨 Oh mind you I clocked upwards of 40 of these bizarre mentioningsBut before we get ahead of ourselves this book is supposed to be about a patient who has acute amnesia 🧠 she’s then studied by psychologists she gets better has a kid then loses her memory again and disappears Now the kid wants to learn about her “amnesia mom” and is chatting with the former psychologistLike here’s the deal there were 324 pages worth of words said but I don’t know if they really meant anything And that may because you either need a PhD or the ability to not give a fuck about what’s going on to read this I’m serious because the AMOUNT OF CLINICAL TERMS used is BEYONDDD Like I honestly had to google “how do I pronounce floccinaucinihilipilification”? No joke that’s a word And it means worthlessnessBut what I’m getting at is this book was trying wayyyy too hard to be edgy and avant garde Like girl chill Have a glass of rosé and talk to me like a millennialThis isn’t Socrates Profound things are often very simple things But when you web them in all this dramatically academic prose the ultimate meaning is lost Oh so lostThus I give this book Mother Daughter Widow Wife 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ because maybe I wasn’t smart enough for it And I also feel bad that Alice had to endure a PowerPoint presentation full of images of STD stricken skin Yup That’s just another odd happenstance you get to encounter 🤷🏻‍♀️So with that have fun if you choose to read this Okay Bye

  9. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Having been a huge fan of Girls on Fire I was eager to dive into thisIt didn't capture me in uite the same way as Girls did but the beauty of this author's writing has not diminished and this novel was a delight to read for pure uality The story itself is compelling focused very much on memory as a concept and featuring three very different engaging women tied together in various ways Enjoyed it very much looking forward to from this author

  10. Lorilin Lorilin says:

    A woman Wendy Doe is found on a bus penniless and disoriented suffering from amnesia She's taken to a psychological institute to be examined and studied The doctor who treats her is Benjamin Strauss His research assistant Lizzie also studies Wendy for her research project we hear from her while she's working with Wendy and we hear from her 20 years later We also hear from Alice Wendy's daughter again 20 years later Sounds confusing and at first it is but you get used to itThis book may be for the thriller crowd It's a slow moving almost lyrical mystery Parts had me hooked but I also felt bored And confused I think I understand the overall message that women's bodies are often not their own that their lives are not their own But yikes what a downer If you're in the right mood the book is okay Just be prepared for something very dark and depressing

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