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I was forty-two when . . . my mother died and it felt as though I had been left in the world alone. Although I was myself a mother, although I had a husband, two sons, two brothers and many friends, with whom my relations were passionate and often complicated, my relation to my mother was the most passionate and complicated of all. So intense was our bond that I was never sure what belonged to whom, where I ended, and she began.

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Source Notes: Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History (chapter 1) (1997).

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