An elevator pitch, sort of

by | Sep 17, 2010 | Musings, Reversible Skirt | 6 comments

I’ve been working on a little pitch, something brief I can say about Reversible Skirt when people ask, “What is your book about?” Here’s what I’ve come up with. Depending on the situation it could be either just the first two paragraphs below or all three. I’d love to receive feedback from you, so please don’t be shy about leaving comments on this blog:

Reversible Skirt is a memoir about my childhood, specifically my mother’s disappearance when I was a toddler. She had, in fact, committed suicide, but I was never told. Then one day my father introduced me to a stranger and said she was my mother. Being very young and certain my father was always right, I thought my mother must have gone through a kind of magical transformation.

Written from a child’s point of view, Reversible Skirt conveys what it was like to live with my family’s façade of normalcy, while I sifted alone through remnants of my mother’s existence, and later, dealt with my father’s death and stepmother’s scorn, which propelled me into an alliance with my sisters that lasts to this day.

All families suffer losses. At this moment, a child somewhere is losing a parent. That alone is painful, but some families compound the problem, making the aftermath worse than the initial loss. Reversible Skirt will, I hope, help people be mindful when children who have lost one or both parents come into their lives.

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  1. Lisa

    I’m really glad to have found your blog! It’s beautifully created.

    Your elevator pitch definitely drew me in. I felt my stomach lurch when I read the sentence about your not knowing about your mother’s suicide–right there, I knew I wanted to read more. It sounds as though your memoir will be very helpful to many other readers.

  2. admin

    Thank you, Lisa, for taking the time to comment on my blog and little pitch. I’ve known for a long time that you need to have a short description of your book to tell people who ask about it, but due to the emotional nature of the subject, I’ve put it off. Writing is one thing, speaking is another. I’m meeting today with a dear writer friend, and I’m going to say it to her (probably more of an approximation of what I’ve written) and see how well it comes across in person. I like your picture; you look friendly, fun and kind. Are you a writer? Do you have a blog?

  3. admin

    Oh, Lisa, I just noticed I have your URL. I’ll pop over to your blog and do some reading this weekend, for sure. Just in case anyone else is reading this and is curious about your blog, I’m going to put the address in here: .

  4. Holly

    I would love to read your memoir, Laura, especially since you have told me childhood stories. Your paragraphs are great! I know two other people who had harsh stepmothers inflicted upon them in early childhood – it was the same story. When is your story being published? Let me know!

  5. admin

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Holly. I’ll most definitely let you know when the book comes out. If it helps even one suicidal parent choose life over death, I figure this effort will be worth it. And, of course, I’m hoping people who like to read memoirs find it to be a good read and that friends such as yours who experienced something similar will feel less alone when they read about my childhood.

  6. Hellevegots

    This was interesting and ive forwarded it on to all my friends on planet zikzar45. IF they like what you have written they may spare your life
    but if they dont, well you should prepare your will. Earthling.

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