University Temple United Methodist Church University District
Sun May 6, 2018, 4 pm
Recommended by Sean Nelson
Wrong though I was about Sean Penn’s novel, my heart remains full of hope for books written by great actors—partly because the work of impersonation with conviction, of dissimulation via details, of telling the truth by making things up—is common to both art forms. Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Oscar for her work in Pollock, and who has been a riveting presence in films for nearly 30 years (especially in Miller’s Crossing, Crush, Mystic River, and the TV series Damages), has written The Seasons of My Mother, a memoir about her complex relationship with the proper Texas belle who raised her throughout an unconventional childhood that included stints living overseas. I have no reason to know whether Harden is a gifted prose stylist, but I’m a sucker for stories like this because while not everyone is a writer, everyone has a mother.