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From letters and documents and girlhood diaries of her mother’s, the narrator is able to draw a portrait of her mother and grandmother Cornie’s relationship over time.  It is a portrait of diminishment, not increase, of love and intimacy.  The narrator, however, values the history (herstory) of her family, especially her mother’s voice in her girlhood diaries, and finds a permanent home for them at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard University.

Next week: The Mother Song

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