Just in time for Mother-in-Law Day! (October 23, 2016) the release of His Mother! Women Write about their Mothers-in-Law with Humor, Frustration, and Love.
Local author Lillian M. Batarseh is one of the contributing authors to this just-released anthology compiled and edited by Sandy F. Richardson of Sumter, SC.
Batarseh’s poem “Apostrophe to Catherine” won third place in the 2010 Sidney Lanier Award Poetry Competition, and her memoir True Grits was published online in January 2011 by Southern Women’s Review. She is a member and current facilitator of FloWriters, a South Carolina writers’ group. Batarseh and Richardson will sign copies of the book at the Clay Pot Coffee Shop on Saturday, October 22, from 11:00 to 2:00.
His Mother! Women Write about their Mothers-in-law with Humor, Frustration, and Love ($12.00, Southern Sass Publishing Alliances, September 2016) tempts readers to look into the true state of the mother-in-law relationship. The eighteen selections in the collection are written by women across the boundaries of age, race, religion, and ethnicities and introduce several American, French, Italian, Greek, and Palestinian mothers-in-law.
The authors are playwrights, novelists, film directors, educators, poets, artists, journalists, and a couple of fresh voices in the writing world. All bear witness to the vast and varying range of relationships between wives and His Mother! and to the complexity of the women themselves. Among other examples, readers will discover:
- An “Orange County socialite addicted to Disney paraphernalia” who demands on their first meeting that her daughter-in-law “name all the seven dwarfs”
- One belle-mère who flirts incessantly with her son, while her Italian counter-part takes pride in her life as a Fascist during the war
- Mart ‘Ami, who in the 1930s, literally stood on a soapbox to denounce the British whom she feared would “give away” her beloved Palestine
- A stay-at-home mother-in-law who attended porn movies with her husband because “men have needs”
- The mother of one renowned artist who threatened to kill her daughter in law
“The idea for His Mother! took shape over a shared chocolate dessert when author Dianne Johnson and I traded sad stories of our mothers-in-laws,” Richardson said. “We were -MORE-
fascinated that our stories shared such similarities in spite of our differences in race and life
experiences. Dianne suggested we should write a book, and so we set out to do some research. Over time, her other obligations demanded more attention, and so I continued the project on my own, and she contributed her moving story to His Mother!”
Sandy Richardson published her first book The Girl Who Ate Chicken Feet (Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin USA) in 1998. Since then, her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and on-line, and have earned numerous honors, including a starred review from Booklist and a Pushcart Nomination in 2013. She is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Sass Publishing Alliances.
Information on the individual contributors to His Mother! appears on-line at www.SouthernSassPublishingAlliances.com.
His Mother! Women Write about their Mothers-in-law with Humor, Frustration, and Love ($12.00, 161 pages, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, paperback and e-book, ISBN: 0692757929, ISBN:13:978-0692757925) is available in bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. It will also continue to be available at the Clay Pot Coffee Shop in Florence.