RIP Kim Chernin, novelist, memoirist, poet

January 3, 2021


For lovers of memoir, there is no better than In My Mother’s House (1983), by the glorious Kim Chernin, who died last month of Covid at the age of 80. Kim was an inspiration, a writing buddy, a confidante, and she was also a daughter, a subject we never tired of exploring. When I first read In My Mother’s House, the weaving of the stories of and between mother and daughter seemed a genuinely new form.

Kim, we will miss you, but we have an impressive body of work to console us: novels, nonfiction, essays, and poetry.

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