How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes) Lorrie Moore, SELF HELP

by Patti Abbott

Patti Abbott #74
This story was read on THE GUARDIAN podcast this week to celebrate Mother’s Day, in March in the UK. Moore is one of the great short story writers IMHO.
This story moves backward and captures moments in the relationship of a woman and her mother. Few are good. There is regret in the first stories that occur after her mother’s death. And there is the semblance of love in the last ones, when she is a baby and child. But in between, there is too much need on one side or the other. The use of events between the 1940s and 1980s anchor this story. Poignant.