Terry Tempest Williams on her mother’s mystifying bequest
May 17, 2012
Twenty-five years ago, TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMSâ€™ mother died of ovarian cancer, and she left Terry 54 journals, one for each year of her life. Later, when Terry went to read them, longing to hear her motherâ€™s voice again, she found that each one was blank. In her book, “When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice,” Williams meditates on why her mother might have left the journals unfilled. What did that signify to her mother? What was her mother telling her?