A Tale of Two Mothers

The Florist’s Daughter
Patricia Hampl
Harcourt, $24, 240 pp.

Swimming in a Sea of Death
A Son’s Memoir
David Rieff

Simon & Schuster, $21, 192 pp.


Two deaths, two mothers, two books: two noted authors write of their mothers’ deaths. The contrast between the authors...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.