My latest recording went live on Audible late last week. Searching for Nannie B.: Connecting Three Generations of Southern Women by Nancy Owen Nelson is a memoir/biography.
How would you be affected if your mother died giving you life? And how
would such a loss affect your children? These questions are the
foundation of many issues raised by the author in her search for the
missing pieces of a grandmother who in 1905 died giving the author's
mother life. It was a tragedy that seemed to affect multiple
generations, the voids in identity and ill-spent guilt flowing from the
stream of blood that kept mother from daughter, and then from
granddaughter. But it was a search well-spent.
Nancy Owen Nelson's search resulted in raising more questions about
herself, even as it answered questions about her mysterious grandmother.
Nonetheless, in the end her journey toward discovery was one of
startling self-awareness and connection. No matter whether you feel
connected or lost in family, you will be unable to avoid the heartfelt
pleasure and pain that comes from the author's brave attempt to connect
three generations of Southern women.
To listen to a sample and/or purchase, head to Audible here.