Phil Jourdan’s Praise of Motherhood is a memoir of sorts – a memoir of mourning. When his mother dies unexpectedly, Jourdan is left with memories of a mother who supported him through his troubled childhood, a mother who surely had some secret life, a mother who was his mother unabashed, regardless of any perceived faults.
His loss is accompanied by the useless platitudes from those who mourn with him. Jourdan writes candidly about his response to these good intentions.
But this is not just a memoir of loss – it is a tribute to a mother. Jourdan claims that his novel is not intended as general truth for all mother-child relationships; but in reality he strikes the nail on the head in his analysis of the bond between a mother and child, and the misconceptions a child has about its mother.
There is no doubt that Jourdan’s mother was remarkable and this is certainly a fitting tribute to her – but this novel is fitting for anyone who loves their mother, whether she is alive or not.
This book made me call my mother and talk with her, and soak up her love.
Jourdan employs a number of literary techniques, but never in a fashion that is confusing.
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About the author: Phil Jourdan fronts the lit-rock band Paris and the Hiltons, runs the fiction press Perfect Edge Books, and occasionally works on a PhD.
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Note: The text in the three photo’s are direct quotes from the book.