“Powerful. . . one of the best books of the year.” – SF Chronicle
“Chessman paints word pictures bathed in color and light.”
– Boston Globe
GOOD MORNING AMERICA “READ THIS!” BOOK CLUB
“READING GROUP BOOKSENSE PICK,” 2006-2007
This is a novel about love and the restorative powers of memory and art. Hannah Pearl, a 75-year-old French woman, lives her daily life on the Shoreline of Connecticut with courage and generosity in spite of her confusion and memory loss. Although her American daughter and granddaughters attempt to help her remember her present life, Hannah increasingly inhabits the world of her youth in World War II France and England. As her family walks on tiptoe around Hannah’s secrets, it is the reader who discovers and illuminates all the pieces of this dream-like puzzle. Someone Not Really Her Mother has also been published in Japan and the Netherlands.
Q & A, Good Morning America Book Club
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Barbara DeMarco Barrett, “Writers on Writing,” June 22, 2006
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San Francisco Chronicle, “Imprisoned in a past that no one knows,” by Chelsea Rathburn, Sunday, August 29, 2004
“’An aged man is but a paltry thing,’ Yeats wrote, and Hannah Pearl would probably agree.” . . .
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“In deft, impressionistic prose, Harriet Scott Chessman has given us an elegant, haunting novel of memory and its loss, flickering like a beautiful dying candle flame, full of private heroisms. So true, so true.”
—Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue
“With a poet’s eye for luminous detail and a mother’s heart, Chessman traces her character’s erratic path through unspeakable grief and insistent hope.”
—Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth
“This is a lovely and poignant story to savor.”
“Powerful . . . One of the best books of the year.”
—San Francisco Chronicle