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Letters To My Semi-Detached Son: A Mother’s Story
as Helen Braid
The Women’s Press, 1993
Tom is just fifteen years old when his mother – at the end of her tether – finally tells him to leave home. She’s left with guilt, loss and a sense of failure as she reflects on the life of her eldest, much-loved child. In letters, which one day she will send to him, she tries to untangle the web of conflicting emotions.
A searing fictionalised autobiography about one mother’s inability to resolve the tension and anger between herself and her teenage son. The story traces the breakdown of the relationship from childhood to the present.
Letters to my Semi-Detached Son came into The Women’s Press as an unsolicited manuscript among many hundreds of others and managed to make that almost impossible transition from an unsolicited manuscript to a selected title for our list. We were impressed by Lynn’s lyrical style and her ability to take a personal issue and communicate it to a very wide readership.
Letters to my SemiDetached Son received widespread coverage and was translated into several languages. I worked with Lynn as she re-worked the script, showing a tenacious, perfectionist streak vital to the success of any writer. She is a talented author.
— Kathy Gale, MD The Women’s Press
A story of such painful intensity that tears poured down my face as I read it. No mother could fail to identify with her anguish and guilt, or her sense of failure.
— Celia Dodd, The Independent
A brutally honest account of how her own emotional needs and those of her little boy came into conflict. The sheer despair and desperate sense of guilt is something most mothers could identify with.
— Jean Donald, The Herald
A very modern situation that will send a sympathetic shiver down any parent’s spine.
— Hazel Leslie, Mail on Sunday
Moving, tersely written and painful to read. The honesty is remarkable. I was left with some uneasy feelings, like I had read someone’s diary, but then, perhaps, the controversial nature of this book is its strength.