Untitled Memoir

After her mother’s stroke, Arterian found her in the hospital speaking in mere syllables, a drain pumping from her skull. The messy intimacies of caring for an injured parent is the heart of this work, yet the memoir weaves several narratives—Arterian undergoing surgery for repetitive motion injuries and thus derailing her career as a violinist, her experiences with chronic pain years later, all alongside her mother’s stroke and its aftermath. The poet Louise Glück writes, “a woman’s body / is a grave; it will accept / anything.” Pursuing Glück’s sentiment to its ends, this memoir considers the overlaps between illness, gender, and trauma. Its woven narratives involve injury, attempts at healing, and the vital link between a mother and daughter.