What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang

What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang is a gorgeous memoir about mothers, daughters, and the tenacity of the love that grows between what is said and what is left unspoken. Published by HarperCollins, the book hit the shelves in April 2020.

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Maya Shanbhag Lang grew up idolizing her brilliant mother, an accomplished physician who immigrated to the United States from India and completed her residency all while raising her children and keeping a traditional Indian home. Maya’s mother had always been a source of support—until Maya became a mother herself. Then the parent who had once been so capable and attentive became suddenly and inexplicably unavailable. Struggling to understand this abrupt change while raising her own young child, Maya searches for answers and soon learns that her mother is living with Alzheimer’s.

Unable to remember or keep track of the stories she once told her daughter—stories about her life in India, why she immigrated, and her experience of motherhood—Maya’s mother divulges secrets about her past that force Maya to reexamine their relationship. It becomes clear that Maya never really knew her mother, despite their close bond. Absorbing, moving, and raw, What We Carry is a memoir about mothers and daughters, lies and truths, receiving and giving care, and how we cannot grow up until we fully understand the people who raised us. It is a beautiful examination of the weight we shoulder as women and an exploration of how to finally set our burdens down.

About the Author

Maya Shanbhag Lang is the first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants and the author of The Sixteenth of June. She lives outside of New York City.

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