Memorial Drive, by Natasha Tretheway

Staff Pick

This extraordinary memoir--a daughter’s memoir, says the subtitle--has been out for a few years but is timeless in its power and message. Tretheway, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate, returns to a subject that has haunted her since the day it happened: the murder of her mother by her second husband outside the apartment building where they lived in Atlanta. It takes years for Tretheway to fully revisit the pain of that tragedy and explore the underlying contributions of race, gender, class, and historical legacy to her mother’s death, and to the broader subject of violence against women, especially Black women. Tretheway takes the reader on this elegiac journey of discovery, one that plumbs very dark places but finds light and hope at the end. Not surprisingly, Tretheway’s prose is poetic—her book a beautifully written tale of finding oneself, one’s place, and one’s home as society’s cross-currents swirl around you.


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ISBN: 9780062248589
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021