Ma Speaks Up

Leone, Marianne. Ma Speaks Up: and a First Generation Daughter Talks Back. Boston: Beacon Press, 2017.

First and foremost, I had a question about the title. Or, actually, the subtitle. If Marianne Leone’s mother was born in the United States how could Ms. Leone be first generation? Then as I read further, I got it. Ma tells tales. Ma exaggerates. Ma sounds a little crazy. The light bulb went on and I prepared myself for a more than amusing story about a daughter’s off kilter relationship with her mother.

Leone’s writing is fast paced and witty. I loved the sarcasm and pop culture references. The photographs were a nice addition.
I only had one complaint about Ma Speaks Up. Normally, I enjoy biographies and memoirs. I find it fun to look through the window of someone else’s life; a life way more interesting than my own. However, I found Ma Speaks Up to be chronologically all over the place. In one sentence Leone could be talking about her baby brother and in another her own child, jumping from being a child herself to a full adult.

Book trivia: due to be on sale by April 25th, 2017.

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