From the Author
The Irish novelist, Edna O'Brien once said: "If you want to know what I regard as the principal crux of female despair, it is this: in the Greek myth of Oedipus and in Freud's exploration of it, the son's desire for his mother is admitted. The infant daughter also desires her mother but it is unthinkable, either in myth, in fantasy, or in fact, that that desire can be consummated."
Star would think that a lot of tosh, motherless Mercy would be puzzled, but I agree.
What comes between Mercy and Star is a man. Actually, two men. The women are so focussed on Martin, the father, and Zach, the lover, that they fail to see each other. It was my hope, in writing their story, that it might help us all to look more closely at our own mothers and daughters.