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Brian Morton on 'Tasha: A Son's Memoir,' a tribute to his mother

Brian Morton author of "Tasha: A Son's Memior"
Brian Morton author of "Tasha: A Son's Memior"

When Brian Morton published his 1991 novel The Dylanist, he idealized his father and simultaneously tarnished his relationship with his mother, Tasha, who he painted as a not so loveable character. Now 30 years later, Morton remembers his spitfire mother in his book, Tasha: A Son’s Memoir. Recounting her final years and the complicated emotions that arise when caring for an elderly parent, Morton explores the complexity of mother-son relationships and honors his mother through a form he thinks she would have been much more pleased with. I spoke with Brian Morton about all this, as well as what it was like revisiting some painful memories. Here’s our conversation.


Tasha: A Son's Memoir by Brian Morton was published by Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster.

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