How to Talk to Mothers of Dying Children

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If I wrote about my son in a sentimentalized, cloying, tragic way, perhaps I’d be accused of a woman who writes “silly little stories” instead of epic American novels that engage deep human truths in profound and complicated ways. If I try to engage both a reader’s mind, heart, and yes, even humor, in this story about my son, which has epic proportions in all kinds of ways, then I’m a heartless bitch. It’s a no-win.

At Role/Reboot, Rumpus contributor Emily Rapp writes about the sexist and offensive responses that she has been the target of for writing about her terminally ill son.


Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16 . More from this author →