The Tell: A Memoir

The Tell: A Memoir

by Linda I. Meyers


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Linda I. Meyers was twenty-eight and the mother of three little boys when her mother, after a lifetime of threats, killed herself. Staggered by conflicting feelings of relief and remorse, Linda believed that the best way to give meaning to her mother’s death was to make changes to her own life. Bolstered by the women’s movement of the seventies, she left her marriage, went to college, started a successful family acting business, and established a fulfilling career.

Written with irony and humor and sprinkled with Yiddish, The Tell is one woman’s inspirational story of before and after, and ultimately of emancipation and purpose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631523557
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Linda I. Meyers is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in NYC and Princeton, NJ. She has published in professional journals and academic books. In 2016 she published two chapters from The Tell : “The Flowers,” a top five finalist in Alligator Juniper’s annual contest in creative nonfiction, and “The Spring Line” in Post Road. She lives in NYC and writes in a little town upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Author's Foreword 9

The Afikomen 11

The Jewels in the Salt 13

The Flowers 21

When They Were Eight 33

Negative Space 49

Putting the Pieces Together 55

Outside the Frame 71

To the Mountain 79

A Photo Left Out in the Sun 99

Dr. Zhivago 111

Had I Won at Bingo 119

Dead Serious 129

Feng Shui in the Shtetl 143

Sharks and Other Perils 157

Running It Over Again 171

The Hand Off 183

My Name Is Linda 197

The Spring Line 217

Acknowledgments 227

About the Author 229

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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Tell: A Memoir by Linda I. Meyers is a gripping memoir in expert hands, a heartrending, yet sobering tale written with psychological and emotional acuity. We encounter Linda I. Meyers as a child who can’t make sense of the inevitable fights between her parents — the silence in the morning, the threats, the slammed doors, and the pots banging over breakfast. She knows the pattern but has never understood why. Now when she is twenty-eight and a mother of three, her mother finally makes good on her lifetime threats and commits suicide. And it changes everything! Linda will never be the woman she’s always been. She needs a creative, meaningful response to her mother’s death. Follow her journey to find out how she coped with the storm, left her marriage, went back to school and started a family business. Inspiring and entertaining, The Tell: A Memoir by Linda I. Meyers will bring tears to the eyes of readers yet fill their hearts with warmth. The narrative is beautifully written, the structure skillfully handled, and the conflicts cunningly explored. The witticism and humor in Meyers’ writing are among those elements that set it apart, making it a compelling read. The author’s storytelling craft and her perceptive way of looking at life will pull the reader in. The narrative voice is in the first person, irresistibly strong and clear. The prose is crisp and the formatting done to ensure an enjoyable reading experience. This is the story of what it took one woman to reclaim her life after a tragedy that could have left her feeling guilty and miserable. It is filled with insightful passages, humor, and biting irony. The story will awaken your heart in ways you would never think possible.