What We Carry

What We Carry A Memoir

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Maya Shanbhag Lang grew up idolising her brilliant mother, an accomplished physician who immigrated to the United States from India and completed her residency all while raising her children and keeping a traditional Indian home. Maya's mother had always been a source of support—until Maya became a mother herself. Then the parent who had once been so capable and attentive became suddenly and inexplicably unavailable. Struggling to understand this abrupt change while raising her own young child, Maya searches for answers and soon learns that her mother is living with Alzheimer's. Unable to remember or keep track of the stories she once told her daughter—stories about her life in India, why she immigrated, and her experience of motherhood—Maya's mother divulges secrets about her past that force Maya to re-examine their relationship. It becomes clear that Maya never really knew her mother, despite their close bond. Absorbing, moving, and raw, What We Carry is a memoir about mothers and daughters, lies and truths, receiving and giving care, and how we cannot grow up until we fully understand the people who raised us. It is a beautiful examination of the weight we shoulder as women and an exploration of how to finally set our burdens down.

Book information

ISBN: 9780525512417
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Imprint: The Dial Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Sales rank: 10211
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 222g
Height: 132mm
Width: 201mm
Spine width: 26mm