Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.

Chronicling Loss—and Joy: An Interview with Jill Talbot about The Last Year: Essays in MER (Motherhood Literature & Art)

Sending a child off to college or out on her own is an important life passage for parents. While preparing a child to successfully “leave the nest” is the ultimate goal and at least one of the measures typically used to evaluate one’s effectiveness as a parent, that new stage can be felt as a great loss. Jill Talbot’s The Last Year: Essays, a gorgeous collection based on her 2020 column for The Paris Review, chronicles the year before her daughter Indie leaves for college.

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