Four years after publishing her first memoir Born with Teeth, Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager, Orange is the New Black) has returned to writing with How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir.
The book depicts how Kate went back to Iowa to care for her parents after her father was diagnosed with lung cancer and her mother with Alzheimer’s.
Early reviews are out and are very positive:
One week until book launch! Thank you to @KirkusReviews @PublishersWkly and @ALA_Booklist for these stellar reviews. Not long until everyone can read #HowToForget – don’t forget to tag me when your copy arrives! 📙 pic.twitter.com/6wMiQAzTXm
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) May 14, 2019
How to Forget is presented on the publisher’s website as:
They say you can’t go home again. But when her father is diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and her mother with atypical Alzheimer’s, New York-based actress Kate Mulgrew returns to her hometown in Iowa to spend time with her parents and care for them in the time they have left.
The months Kate spends with her parents in Dubuque—by turns turbulent, tragic, and joyful—lead her to reflect on each of their lives and how they shaped her own. Those ruminations are transformed when, in the wake of their deaths, Kate uncovers long-kept secrets that challenge her understanding of the unconventional Irish Catholic household in which she was raised.
Breathtaking and powerful, laced with the author’s irreverent wit,How to Forget is a considered portrait of a mother and a father, an emotionally powerful memoir that demonstrates how love fuses children and parents, and an honest examination of family, memory, and indelible loss.
The memoir is being published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, and will be available in bookstores on May 21.