Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781573225991, 208pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 1997
Though her mother seemed to bear out the adage that "black women raise their daughters and mother their sons," Veronica never stopped trying to do more, do better, do it all. And now, as a successful young woman who's achieved more than her mother dared hope for her, she looks back on theirmother-daughter bond.The critically acclaimed Mama's Girl is a moving, startlingly honest memoir, in which Chambersshares some important truths about what we all really want from our mothers and what we can give in return.
"For any daughter who has ever loved and blamed Mama in the same anguished breath...triumphant."Bebe Moore Campbell
"Moving...the story of a strong soul growing up."—USA Today
"While Mama's Girl skillfully traces the evolution of a complicated mother-daughter relationship, it is also a testament to the resilience of black women across generations."—Ms.
"A troubling testament to grit and mother love...While the story of her own achievement under grim, often violent circumstances is extraordinary, the reader is left feeling particularly grateful for [Chambers's] compassion. Her portrait of her Panamanian mother—proud, protective, angry, and in need—is one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years."—The New Yorker
"Affecting and eloquent...Chambers's rise...is remarkable, as is her spare, lilting writing style...On the often painful circumstances she has faced—her mother's coldness, what it means to be black in the post-civil rights era—Chambers writes with probity. And she illustrates her thoughts with well-culled details that are telling and lyrically rendered: A."—Entertainment Weekly