The Tell by Linda I. Meyers
Thank you so much JKS for sending me a copy of this beautiful book - all opinions are my own.
This is a memoir that completely intrigued me from the beginning. I love a story about a strong, resilient woman, and The Tell offers that up in spades.
Linda I. Meyers was twenty-eight and the mother of three little boys when her mother, after a lifetime of threats, killed herself. Staggered by conflicting feelings of relief and remorse, Linda believed that the best way to give meaning to her mother’s death was to make changes to her own life. Bolstered by the women’s movement of the seventies, she left her marriage, went to college, started a successful family acting business, and established a fulfilling career.
Written with irony and humor and sprinkled with Yiddish, The Tell is one woman’s inspirational story of before and after, and ultimately of emancipation and purpose.
I really enjoyed the structure of this book into essays - it let me move from chapter to chapter thoughtfully, and let me take breaks in between to really consider what I was reading before jumping right back in. However every essay ties together beautifully to weave such a remarkable tale of one woman's life.
The reflections of immigrant Brooklyn were also remarkable - it was like being transported to an entirely different era. I could have easily read an entire book of these stories alone, I was entirely absorbed in the story.
Despite the sometimes heavy feel of the content, Linda writes with wit and feeling and it was like having a coffee with a dear friend and reminiscing about life. Wonderfully done and this will be a book I recommend for many years to come.