Synopses & Reviews
Growing up with a black, Auntie Mame -- like mother who performed with the likes of Lena Horne and Alvin Ailey, and a WASP seafaring father, Susan Fales-Hill thought nothing of watching her mother, Josephine Premice, perform in an acclaimed Broadway musical one moment and fleeing to Faleton, her grandparents' summer estate, the next.
But it was from her mother -- a woman who was dressed by Givenchy and sculpted by Alexander Calder, yet rejected by many a casting agent for her "dark," unconventional looks -- that Susan drew inspiration, particularly when she faced challenges in her own career as a television writer in Hollywood, a town that wasn't always receptive to positive images of people of color. As a result, the two developed a bond that mothers and daughters everywhere will find inspiring.
Dazzling in their public lives and emotionally vulnerable in their private lives, there is not a person in this touching and, at times, funny family memoir that the reader will soon forget.
“At last, at last a memoir by a daughter who appreciates and loves her mother, at last.” Bill Cosby
“A moving tribute from a daughter to a mother [and] a book about the undefeatable spirit of black women everywhere.” E. Lynn Harris
“This love-filled, uplifting book will gladden your heart, moisten your eyes, and leave you smiling at the end.” Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming: A Memoir
“A daughters ode to her mother who showed her ‘infinity instead of . . .limitations. This is no Mommie Dearest.” Vogue
“Moving and beautifully rendered.” Town & Country
“A distinguished memoir as well as an important contribution to black cultural history.” Kirkus Reviews (Starred)
“[An] extraordinary story.” Essence
Includes bibliographical references (p. -272).
About the Author
Susan Fales-Hill is an award-winning television writer and producer. She has worked on shows ranging from The Cosby Show to A Different World, Linc's, and Suddenly Susan. Her writing has also appeared in Vogue, Town & Country, and Travel & Leisure. She lives in New York City.