Mother Winter: A Memoir

Mother Winter: A Memoir

An arresting memoir equal parts refugee-coming-of-age story, feminist manifesto, and meditation on motherhood, displacement, gender politics, and art that follows award-winning writer Sophia Shalmiyev?s flight from the Soviet Union, where she was forced to abandon her estranged mother, and her subsequent quest to find her. Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbai An arresting memoir equal parts refugee-coming-of-age story, feminist manifesto, and meditation on motherhood, displacement, ge...

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Title:Mother Winter: A Memoir
Author:Sophia Shalmiyev
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Mother Winter: A Memoir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Mother Winter: A Memoir Reviews

  • Candace Morris
    Sep 08, 2019
    I was on a train back to Seattle from Portland, sitting in the dining cart, writing, when my friend and fellow writer, Natalie Singer, author of California Calling: A Self-Interrogation sat next to me reading, "Mother Winter." She closed it after the first chapter, took a deep breath...
  • Kevin
    Dec 16, 2018
    Sophia Shalmiyev starts her story pining for her absent Russian mother and then pivots through other parts of her unmoored life with the spark of a poet and the fire of an immigrant riot grrrl. This isn't the tightest memoir in the world but screw tidiness; when Shalmiyev deliberately ...
  • Rachel
    Mar 11, 2019
    If you read any book this year, let mother winter be it. ...
  • Jen
    Feb 26, 2019
    This book ripped my heart out over and over again and pieced it back together haphazardly shoving the fragments back into my body. While I cannot relate to most of the authors life, the bits about being a mother without a mother hit home the hardest. Excuse me, I feel compelled to read...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Feb 05, 2019
    via my blog:https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Hall of Fame. Hall of Shame. That?s Motherhood?' This is a memoir of longing and love for one?s absent mother, as if when Sophia Shalmiyer left her native Russia in the 1980?s for America a decade later, in her Azerbaijani...
  • Traci at The Stacks
    Sep 08, 2019
    A poetic and artistic memoir about motherhood and the lack of it. The author ties in art and history with her own story and it?s really smart in that way. It?s so of a unique take on memoir in a good way and a strange way. I sometimes got lost, but I think I would?ve liked it mor...
  • Diana
    Dec 25, 2018
    Beautiful memoir woven from poetic fragments ...
  • Katy Go
    Aug 14, 2019
    I long avoided memoirs because I wrongly assumed it required an unhealthy degree of self-indulgence to achieve one. While I'm glad to have been disabused of this notion, it was not by this book. I struggled hard with Mother Winter. I wanted badly to enjoy it but it was a start/stop aff...
  • Marian
    Mar 16, 2019
    3.5 stars Intense emotion; a compelling, tangible rendering of a tough childhood in late-Soviet Union Leningrad; an extended meditation on the mother-child bond; elliptical, vignette-heavy structure; poetic writing. I found much of it powerful but the images/metaphors felt piled on ...
  • Rachel
    Dec 20, 2018
    Of the three memoirs I read this month, Mother Winter was far and away the one that hit me the hardest, which may surprise you as I've talked before about my disinterest in 'motherhood books' (only as a matter of personal taste). But I suppose Mother Winter is less of a mother book tha...
  • Sara - thelookingglassreads
    Feb 13, 2019
    What if the name of the town and country you were born in changed after you left? What if you lived in three different countries within a year right before you hit puberty? What if your native tongue had to twist to shout new sounds, trying to touch the top of your teeth to say the wor...
  • Olga Zilberbourg
    Jul 29, 2019
    I would describe Mother Winter as an activist's memoir -- it's not enough for the author to describe the circumstances of her early life, her mother's alcoholism, her father's decision to raise her on his own, which meant to send her off to an internat (an overnight school), then his d...
  • Sierra
    Jun 28, 2019
    So, in many ways this book is beautiful. It?s essays are lyric and move from one moment to another very deftly. However, the major reasons I?m docking this read is; Repetitive; I have my signature punch and rhythm that I?ll repeat again and again, even though each successive t...
  • Cameron Hammon
    Feb 22, 2019
    I was instantly riveted by this book. I love the structure-- sparse, poetic, vignettes. I was especially impressed by the construction of the child-narrator in the book's first half--she was alive on the page, vulnerable, curious, hungry for love. For anyone interested in the plight of...
  • Donna Davis
    Feb 09, 2019
    I'm crying uncle. I cannot do this. I read the first quarter of the book, which is wall-to-wall rage and violence, much of it sexual, and explicitly so. There's a tremendous amount of potential here, because Shalmiyev is a true word smith. But when a writer mines her pain and rage to c...
  • Heather Brown
    Oct 10, 2018
    So excited to have landed a galley of Mother Winter! This book reads like a dream where you're constantly reaching for something or someone, with a cold, lyrical beauty I want to fall backward into like it's a moonlit snowdrift. I'm lost and found each time I open it. ...
  • Jason Makansi
    Feb 22, 2019
    Shalmiyev delivers fierce, precise, honest, raw prose that never reads like poetry. Every page demonstrates linguistic gymnastics. I hardly ever read memoir, but I am so glad I read this one. ...
  • Marissa Korbel
    Jan 04, 2019
    One of the best books I read in 2018. Complicated, lyrical, funny, haunting. Shalmiyev smashes. ...
  • Jenny Forrester
    Jun 20, 2019
    Stunning, authoritative, gorgeous are all too-small words for this. Sophia, long may you write. ...
  • Rene Denfeld
    Feb 20, 2019
    I dashed to get this memoir after reading an amazing article about it by Chelsea Bieker in Electric Literature. Typical to me, I gulped it down in a few days (is there a surefire way to make yourself read slower? I read too fast). This is an amazing memoir. It's a seamless tapestry of ...
  • Judy G
    Jun 29, 2019
    I was very interested in the theme of her book of her missing mother and the pain and sadness and loss. She is from Leningrad where she lived with her father who is jewish and her christian mother whose name I forget. She also lived with her "stepmother" Luda. Her father Gabriel is t...
  • Ygraine
    Feb 13, 2019
    mother winter is something adjacent to but not entirely like a memoir; it feels more like a sort of curation of tapes, recorded pieces of thought cut out of the fabric of a life and grafted together, played into a slight graininess and, at times, an almost incomprehensibility, homophon...
  • Hannah
    Feb 21, 2019
    By all accounts, I should have loved this book as it ticks all my boxes; I generally enjoy memoirs written by women and those that focus a mother-daughter relationship particularly, I love memoirs that are told mostly unchronologically and academically, hell, I adored the first sentenc...
  • Lou
    Mar 03, 2019
    Mother Winter is award-winning writer Sophia Shalmiyev's autobiographical account of her challenging childhood and her need to find somewhere she belonged. The description of leaving Russia with her father to fly to the US in search of a better life reminded me very much of Maria Shara...
  • Genevieve Hudson
    Feb 12, 2019
    The sentences in this book are gorgeous and gutting. I'm so glad I read this book. It brought me closer to myself while bringing me closer to the wider world. It reminded me why I read. ...
  • Meike
    Jan 08, 2019
    After her alcoholic mother lost custody of ten-year-old Sophia Shalmiyev, her father emigrated with her from Leningrad to the United States - as they left the USSR in 1989, Shalmiyev not only lost her biological mother, but her home country collapsed and vanished behind her. In her mem...
  • Mor Keshet
    Feb 17, 2019
    I spent the day yesterday reading Mother Winter- I was captivated. The structure and pace that Shalmiyev conjures brought me into that traumatized, dissonant space that is the drumbeat of this book. Mother Winter has a singular rhythm, woven together in a dynamic, profoundly sad - and ...
  • Nicole Swinson
    Nov 14, 2018
    This is Sophia?s debut book; a memoir of her life and I feel memoirs cannot be given ratings like a fictional book, because this is her story, she lived it and she is gifting it to us and I am grateful she did. Release Date February 2019 Sophia elegantly and lyrically takes us on ...
  • Abby Kincer
    Feb 09, 2019
    Follow me on Instagram @bookmarkedbya and see my full review at https://bookmarkedbya.wordpress.com/2... The piercingly personal memoir of Shalmiyev?s life and lifelong desire to know and understand her mother. ? Sophia was born into poverty in Soviet-era Russia, and into a p...
  • Fiction Advocate
    Apr 25, 2019
    From our Write Like a Mother interview with Sophia Shalmiyev: The book describes 1980s Leningrad, anti-Semitism, her mother?s abandonment, and her emigration to America with her father. She writes about the early Riot Grrrl days, becoming a mother, and becoming an artist. Shalmiyev?...