Writing Over Your Face
Writing Over Your FaceAnna-Karin Palm
An elegant memoir of the disappearance of a mind behind the veil of Alzheimer’s, about women’s roles over generations and mother-daughter relationships
You say: ‘What’s your mother’s name?’
I respond: ‘That’s you. You are my mother.’
In WRITING OVER YOUR FACE, Anna-Karin Palm follows her mother’s gradual disappearance into Alzheimer’s disease, as she tries to understand her mother’s life, and how it has influenced herself and the family. It is a story about climbing the social ladder, about hunger for life, about family secrets and a complicated mother-daughter relationship that can finally end in reconciliation.
Anna-Karin Palm reflects on memory, writing and how the story of a life is shaped. WRITING OVER YOUR FACE is a strong and touching portrait of a woman’s fate, but also about a family that changes when death draws near.
With a sensibility similar to Sigrid Rausing’s Mayhem, the author lovingly attempts to depict her mother in her entirety, from all possible angles.