If You Knew Suzy

Images My friend recommended reading If You Knew Suzy:  A Mother, A Daughter, A Reporter's Notebook by Katherine Rosman and so I picked it up.  I believe that I sobbed through half the book. 

Rosman's mother died of lung cancer at the young age of 60.  After her death, Rosman chose to write a book about her mother as a journalist researching someones life not as a daughter.  What she wrote is a beautiful memoir about Suzy.  A mother, a pilates instructor, a friend, a mentor, a determined and layered woman whose life impacted many people around her.  An extraordinary life. 

The book is extremely personal and honest.  Life is for the living.  Everyone grieves differently.  Dealing your emotions after losing a love one is not easy no matter what your relationship is.  Rosman uses this book to grieve, to reflect and to connect with the past and in many ways to help navigate her own future. It is about love, loss and the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters.

                                                      A book absolutely worth reading. 


Comments (Archived):

  1. Tracey Jackson

    I liked this book very much

  2. jill

    My mom died at the young age of 61-she was my role model and hero and her loss has defined much of my life these past 13 years. I am going to read this book, thanks for the suggestion.

    1. Gotham Gal

      61 is so young. read the book with a box of tissues. the book really helpstake a look at your parents and healing after they are gone in a verydifferent light.

    2. Tereza

      Jill thanks so much for sharing that. I’ve felt the same way…it’s been 6 years…and it’s totally affected me in an irreversible way. I’ve often wondered, does that feeling go away? And then I think, hell no. She was my *mother*!I always feel a deep bond when I meet someone who went thru it too. Kind of a, ‘she gets it’.So, Jill, this morning you have a new BFF. 🙂

      1. jill

        Thanks new BFF! I feel the same way. I, for lack of a better term, coach women who have lost their mothers (only take on two at a time) for free, in sort of a tribute to my mom. There is no other relationship as strong and bonded as the mother/child and when you lose that, you have a void. Not that you can’t go on, but life changes.

        1. Gotham Gal

          i assume life changes. as scary as losing your mother is, what is evenscarier must be what is life going to be without her.

  3. Tereza

    Lost my mom at 64 at welled up just reading your review.

    1. Gotham Gal

      then you will bawl reading this book. you’d would love this book.definitely read it.

  4. TanyaMonteiro

    Just finished reading it! Had to blog on it straight away, the need to share her style of writing is powerful. Brilliant, thanks for that recommendation!

    1. Gotham Gal

      i so loved this book.