All My Mother's Lovers

All My Mother's Lovers

Intimacy has always eluded twenty-seven-year-old Maggie Krause—despite being brought up by married parents, models of domestic bliss—until, that is, Lucia came into her life. But when Maggie’s mom, Iris, dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home only to discover a withdrawn dad, an angry brother, and, along with Iris's will, five sealed envelopes, each addressed to a mysterious man she’s never heard of.

In an effort to run from her own grief and discover the truth about Iris—who made no secret of her discomfort with her daughter's sexuality—Maggie embarks on a road trip, determined to hand-deliver the letters and find out what these men meant to her mother. Maggie quickly discovers Iris’s second, hidden life, which shatters everything Maggie thought she knew about her parents’ perfect relationship. What is she supposed to tell her father and brother? And how can she deal with her own relationship when her whole world is in freefall?

Told over the course of a funeral and shiva, and written with enormous wit and warmth, All My Mother's Lovers is the exciting debut novel from fiction writer and book critic Ilana Masad. A unique meditation on the universality and particularity of family ties and grief, and a tender and biting portrait of sex, gender, and identity, All My Mother's Lovers challenges us to question the nature of fulfilling relationships.

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    All My Mother's Lovers Reviews

  • Larry H

    Emotionally powerful and thought-provoking, Ilana Masad's debut novel, All My Mother's Lovers , is a look at family dynamics, secrets, motherhood, sexuality, marriage, and grief.How can you not be ...

  • Dominic

    I have a lot of love for *All My Mother's Lovers*! It tells the story of Maggie, who uncovers a series of stories about her mother, who has recently died, that will shake both her understanding of her...

  • Toya

    4.5 stars rounded up!Do you ever finish a book and you love so many things about it, but when it comes to putting your thoughts into coherent sentences you come up short? That’s how I feel about wri...

  • Vanya

    Maggie learns of her mother’s death when she is in bed with her lover, Lucia. She is stunned but restrains herself from breaking down. Her mind takes over immediately—she is already planning ahead...

  • Marjorie Elwood

    Well-written, this seemed superficial at the start but once a third of the way in the details became lush and the emotions real. My complaint about it is that it tried a little too hard to be all-enco...

  • Smitha Murthy

    Messy, complicated life. If someone were to ask me what this book is about, that is the only answer I can give. It’s about our messy, complicated lives. This is one of those literary books that are ...

  • Katie.dorny

    A solid debut focussing on the ramifications of grief and how well you truly know those you call family. This novel follows Maggie who embarks upon a physical and spiritual road trip upon the passing ...

  • Natalie

    Do we all have secrets? This novel is about Maggie, a young gay woman, taking a journey into her mother’s secret life. When Iris died suddenly in an accident, she left letters to be delivered to the...

  • Laura ? lauralovestoread

    What a beautiful debut! I truly enjoyed going on this journey with Maggie, as she discovers secrets from her Mother’s past, and also finds healing and growth in herself.Themes of grief, acceptance, ...

  • Jessica Jeffers

    Just not my cuppa. ...