Mary Pflum Peterson, author of White Dresses

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 6:00pm
Mary Pflum Peterson, author of White Dresses

A Room of One's Own welcome Mary Pflum Peterson for a reading and book signing from her memoir White Dresses!

A poignant memoir of three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them.

As a successful journalist at Good Morning America, Mary Pflum Peterson's persona is at odds with her complicated childhood, where she watched her brilliant yet emotionally vulnerable mother, Anne, unravel before her eyes. But their love of white dresses always united them from their baptism dresses to their wedding gowns, white dresses embodied hope and new beginnings. After her mother's sudden death, Mary dug deep to understand the events that led to Anne's breakdown. At twenty-one, Anne entered a convent, but lengthy periods of enforced fasting, isolation, and constant humiliation drove her to flee almost a decade later. Hoping to find new purpose as a wife and mother, she married, and was devastated when Mary's father revealed himself to be gay. Anne retreated into chaos. By the time Mary was ten, their house was cluttered with broken appliances, stacks of mail, and teetering piles of assorted "treasures." But in spite of everything, their bond endured. Through the white dresses, pivotal events in their lives were celebrated, marking the journey through loss and redemption as Mary tried to save Anne from herself.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062386977
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 15th, 2015