Query

Dear Prospective Editor/Publisher:

How do you mother your children when all you have known about motherhood comes from women of madness, violence, prostitution, and oppressive silence?

A memoir, DROWNING SQUIRRELS (76,782 words) brings to light French writer Marguerite Duras’ affirmation that “the mother represents madness.”

Reminiscent of the stark childhood portrayed in Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and the charged mother-daughter dynamics depicted in Christina Crawford’s Mommie Dearest, Marina DelVecchio’s narrative examines the role of motherhood in three generations of women as it reflects upon the ongoing struggle and resilience of a Greek adoptee forced to survive a childhood of maternal violence, homelessness, orphanages, prostitution, neglect, emigration to America, and an adoption that denies her identity and silences her past.

Framed by the social construction that mothers are sublime representations of the nurturing and self-sacrificing Madonna-like figure, DROWNING SQUIRRELS argues that not all women are emotionally prepared for motherhood, for their experiences shape their mothering. It explores the notion that emotionally unhealthy women make unstable mothers, their unresolved childhood issues corroding their parenting and their children. With her two mothers in mind, Marina must determine how much weight the precarious nature of her childhood will bear on the way she parents her two small children. By juxtaposing the two careless women that mothered her to her own role as a parent, she exposes the complexities of the maternal that include love, loss, rage and guilt, concluding that healthy mothering of one’s children can only be achieved through honesty and forgiveness.

A gripping mother-daughter narrative that counters the dark side of mothering with the good and well-intentioned, the success of DROWNING SQUIRRELS is in its ability to target a large audience of women, mothers and daughters alike that comprise 611, 797 of the published titles found on Amazon.com on the subject of motherhood, thus marking its potential and marketable success.

Drowning Squirrels is under representation by the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency from New York.

  1. Helaine
    February 7, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Sounds like something i want to read Marina. I hope it gets published. I love your writing and i love your topics. I find myself compelled to read what you write, whether i agree with the topic or not. As a mother myself i struggle with all the ups and downs and inside outs of motherhood and I havent had half the hardships you have endured, but we all have our burdens and history which affects our mothering. I am anxious to read your book. As a friend, I am excited for you. Good luck with everything. And Keep Writing!!!

    • February 7, 2011 at 5:38 am

      Hey Helaine! You’re my first commenter on this blog!It’s only been up for a week, but I figured I needed one — sigh!

      This book is all about overcoming ugly stuff and making it anyway — in spite of it all — in spite of the parents that failed us — and then forging a life of your own — becoming a mother of your own. I agree with you — motherhood brings us all to places we’ve never been and experiences we never expected to find ourselves in — both good and bad! The most challenging and most beautiful experience of my life, hands down! Thanks for reading.

  2. Helaine
    February 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Hi. I love being a mother. I feel sorry for the mothers who do not appreciate what they have in there children. The potential, the love and precious hearts we need to protect. I feel a closeness to you when it comes to mothering because I feel you appreciate your children for who they are and for their very existence. I think of what you said back awhile ago about how we give our children sometmes the things that we needed, like the “i love you” 20 x a day, when sometimes just sitting down and playing go fish, or tickling or a walk or a snuggle or just plain old turning up the music and dancing like you were 5 right along with them is all they want and need. I agree with you, Motherhood is the most beautiful experience of my life. I will keep on reading as long as you are writing. Good luck and give those kids an extra squeeze for just being so squeezable. lol
    Helaine

  3. February 12, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Okay, I heard about you from Clay Morgan. I have read your blurb. Like you, and – it seems everyone else and their mothers – I, too, am working on a manuscript. It is at 80,000 words of date, and I’m going strong. But I plan to really finish it at the end of the month and finesse it until April so that I can start querying folks in May. That’s my plan anyway. I think this manuscript sounds fabulous. I would totally buy it. It could be the first purchase on my Kindle or Nook. If I ever decide which one is better. Can’t wait to read more of your stuff. Thanks for visiting me at “Lessons From Teachers and Twits.” 😉

    • February 12, 2011 at 5:37 am

      Renee, thanks so much for visiting. Congrats on the 80,000 words of ms. It’s a feat. What’s it about? I love your blog, so I’m happy that I stumbled upon it. Nook looks more extravagant, but kindle is just as good. And anyway, they’ll come out with something better next year, so wait it out until they perfect it!

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