Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury (Paperback)

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“A dazzling epic portrait of a fascinating American family and a mother-daughter story unlike any other.”—Sigrid Nunez


With the sweep of an epic novel, Our Revolution follows charismatic and brilliant Jenny Moore, whose life changed as she became engaged in movements for peace and social justice. Decades after her mother’s early death, acclaimed poet and memoirist Honor Moore forges a new relationship with the seeker and truth teller she finds in her mother’s writing. Our Revolution is a vivid, absorbing account of two women navigating the twentieth century, and a daughter’s story of the mother who shaped her life as an artist and a woman.

About the Author


Honor Moore is the author of two previous memoirs—The Bishop’s Daughter, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The White Blackbird, a New York Times Notable Book—as well as three collections of poems. She lives in New York City.

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In Moore’s supremely capable hands, what began as a labor of love and filial duty expands into a dazzling epic portrait of a fascinating American family and a mother-daughter story unlike any other. A superb feat of empathetic imagination and meticulous historical reconstruction, full of drama, passion, and the deepest wisdom.
— Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award–winning author of The Friend

Our Revolution begins with the sudden, catastrophic death of a mother and ends only when that mother has been returned to vibrant, textured life by her memoirist and poet daughter. Here is that emergence, beautifully recorded, documented, and envisioned as feminist art and American history.

— Margo Jefferson, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Negroland

Our Revolution is a tour de force of a memoir, one that describes Honor Moore’s upper-crust background and difficult relationship with her mother with equal parts tenderness and rigor. It will have something to say to anyone who has wondered at the mysteries of family lineage and the vexed journey to becoming an individual while holding on to a larger identity as a sibling and daughter.

— Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy

The revolutionary insight of this remarkable book arises from the discovery that for Honor Moore and her mother, turning in to their writer selves was also a turning to each other. Gripping and profoundly moving, Our Revolution is also a signal contribution to feminism.

— Carol Gilligan, coauthor of Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

Honor Moore’s vivid, compassionate, scrupulously honest portrait of her mother deftly charts the complex entanglements of family love, need, and pain. But this memoir-biography is also an intimate history of the ideas and events that jolted America during the three decades that followed the Second World War. The gaping rifts of class, race, and sex that set the country on fire then are still burning. Our Revolution is a book about those times for our times.

— Siri Hustvedt, author of Memories of the Future

Our Revolution is the poignant book that Honor Moore was destined to write: a passionate biographical memoir that uncovers, almost five decades after her mother’s death, a tale of family, faith, and fortitude—and of human rights, religion, and women, of mothers and daughters struggling to find themselves and each other against a midcentury backdrop of tumultuous change, uncertainty, and abiding love. Compassionate, genuine, hard to put down, it’s also a tale for today, not to be missed.

— Brenda Wineapple


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393541403
ISBN-10: 0393541401
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2021
Pages: 432