Missing My Mother

All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy is a touching novel about a man named Myshkin whose mother abandoned him when he was 9-years-old. After reading the first line of the book, I had a tough time putting it down.

Told in the voices of Myshkin, now a retired man in India, and his mother through an envelope full of letters she wrote to him and her friend over the course of years, we discover the reasons which made her leave everything familiar behind. We also experience her truths as well as her son’s pain.

This moving story is one which explores the wide variety of motivations behind the choices made by the principal characters in the book. Myshkin’s parents were as different as night and day which allows for a great contrast and comparison themed plot.

This is the second novel I’ve read by Roy and I admire his style of writing. This story tugged at my heartstrings. The end found me in tears. Highly recommended.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Missing My Mother

  1. Martie says:

    This sounded interesting in the NYT book review. If you are highly recommending, I’m now convinced it needs to go on my TBR list. Thanks for posting.

  2. I like this kind of book, close to your heart. Thanks for sharing, Diane.

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