I’ve been working on a little pitch, something brief I can say about Reversible Skirt when people ask, “What is your book about?” Here’s what I’ve come up with. Depending on the situation it could be either just the first two paragraphs below or all three. I’d love to receive feedback from you, so please don’t be shy about leaving comments on this blog:
Reversible Skirt is a memoir about my childhood, specifically my mother’s disappearance when I was a toddler. She had, in fact, committed suicide, but I was never told. Then one day my father introduced me to a stranger and said she was my mother. Being very young and certain my father was always right, I thought my mother must have gone through a kind of magical transformation.
Written from a child’s point of view, Reversible Skirt conveys what it was like to live with my family’s façade of normalcy, while I sifted alone through remnants of my mother’s existence, and later, dealt with my father’s death and stepmother’s scorn, which propelled me into an alliance with my sisters that lasts to this day.
All families suffer losses. At this moment, a child somewhere is losing a parent. That alone is painful, but some families compound the problem, making the aftermath worse than the initial loss. Reversible Skirt will, I hope, help people be mindful when children who have lost one or both parents come into their lives.