Who Killed Mom?

Who Killed Mom?

A Delinquent Son's Meditation on Family, Mortality, and Very Tacky Candles

eBook - 2011
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Memoir, biography, and outrageous comedy make for a perfect blend in the debut book from acclaimed writer Steve Burgess. Telling the tale of his mother's life and death, and along the way laying bare his own life and struggles, Burgess renders a memorable and deeply moving meditation on life and family.The author's mother, Joan, barely survived her thirteenth birthday: a rare disorder had made it almost impossible for her to swallow food. Her battle to survive this illness was the first in a lifelong sequence of courageous confrontations with her upbringing. As she raised her five children, Joan revealed herself to be a strong and remarkably complex woman. This is her story, but it's also the story of her husband, a charming United Church minister, and their children-including the alarmingly delinquent Steve, who spent much of his adolescence and beyond dropping acid, drinking to excess, and getting in trouble with the law. Which leads him to wonder: was he responsible for his mother's ills and perhaps even her death?
Publisher: [United States] : Greystone Books : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781553658344
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Sep 30, 2015

Despite the title of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author told his story in an unflinching manner, not glossing over some of the uglier parts. Well done!

Jan 19, 2012

Steve Burgess is a Vancouver-based journalist whose work has appeared in Vancouver magazine, Tyee, etc.

This is a touching tribute to his mother. His prose is lucid and packed with humor.

debwalker May 08, 2011

A poignant moving family tale from Vancouver.


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Jan 19, 2012

This is Steve Burgess' memoir growing up in Manitoba, Canada.

He writes about his mom illness and the family dynamics surrounding her final days.


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