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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
Audiobook5 hours

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Written by Natasha Trethewey

Narrated by Natasha Trethewey

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

An Instant New York Times Bestseller 

A New York Times Notable Book 

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness, Esquire, Electric Literature, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and InStyle

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet’s attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

Editor's Note

Gorgeously written and searing…

Critics across the board have been raving about this memoir from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey. The author addresses essential topics — including domestic violence and racism — as she confronts her mother's horrifying murder at the hands of her stepfather. A gorgeously written and searing read.

Release dateJul 28, 2020
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautifully written. What a hard story but eloquently told. One of the best writers
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Good Read!!!!! So much attention paid to the emotion, this is a heartfelt book. I enjoyed it alot
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This book is heartfelt and rich with the emotions from the trauma. Moving
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful, yet heartbreaking memoir about grief that absolutely highlights the authors poetic talent. I'm absolutely at a loss for words and all I can do is just simply recommend it for others to experience themselves.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    This the story of a daughter coming to erm with her mothers death 3 death. After holding on to her pain for 3 decades, she visit the place of her mothers death and revisit these tragic events. After doing so she understand her grief better. I would of love to learn what happened to her and her brother after her moms death. But all and all it was a sad tale but good story.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    This book was really well done as it was an easy read.