Mary Clearman Blew

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Blew, Mary Clearman

Last Updated: Sep-15-1997
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Dittrich, Lisa

Primary Category: Literature / Nonfiction

Genre: Memoir


In Balsamroot, Mary Clearman Blew explores the life story of her beloved aunt, who has recently developed dementia. The memoir artfully interweaves the stories of the author's struggle to cope with her aunt's condition and find the best care for her; her aunt's past as revealed in newly discovered diaries; the author's reconciliation with her estranged daughter; her coming to terms with a broken love relationship from the past (spurred on by her discovery of a thwarted love in her aunt's past).

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