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Dec 04 2015

Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann

Reviewed by Sylvia Sheffield, Library Technician, Natural Resources Library, NCSU Libraries


Mother of Sorrows is a novel (or perhaps a collection of short stories) about a gay man growing up in 1950s suburban America and then living as an adult during the AIDS crisis.¬†Across this timespan we witness the narrator’s changing relationship to his family members and his sexuality. McCann is a poet as well as a novelist, and his prose is beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking; every word is intentional. I loved the way that his descriptions of the most mundane objects turned them into something meaningful.