Mother-Daughter Bond Tested by Unique Circumstances in Naomi Clay Horse Memorable New Fiction

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Naomi Clay Horse’s heroine in “I Killed Mom…Again!” finds herself unprepared for Mom’s inner diva blooming in the late “golden years,” has to forego art for the science of understanding mother’s unpredictable emotions

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With a Mom character who invented the attitude “stubborn,” author Naomi Clay Horse could have subtitled this memoir Life and Death Struggles with a Non-Agenarian Mother. The narrator of this novel, when she entered her own “golden years,” after a lifetime of taking care of children and grandchildren, was tasked to take care of her mother. I Killed Mom…Again! recalls both the emotional horrors and sense of adventure of that time, a heartfelt account of a mother-daughter relationship that progressed into a place that neither of them expected or were prepared for. With personal stories tinged by thoughtful humor, each of the strong, independent women in this book shine (and clash) as examples of motherhood and essential femininity.

On the face of it, this book is a true account of a critically ill mother and her misadventures with a caring daughter. It could have been a pleasure to care of her mother, but the colors she revealed to her daughter spoke of a once glamorous woman who was stuck in the rut of recalling those days. This is the story of the thirteen months they shared together, full of emotional emergencies that tested the protagonist’s patience. A ceramic artist, she had to forego a need to practice her art for the science of understanding her mother’s unpredictable emotions. Being an artist stood her in good stead.

In the days that ensued after she fetched her from the nursing home where she was spending time with a second husband named Oatley, Mom proved to have found an inner diva waiting all those years to bloom. Mother and daughter became polar opposites whose balance revolved around the many issues that concern women half their age. Were it not for a forgiving temperament, Mom’s intolerance would have destroyed a fragile habitat of body and soul that both needed to live together. In the end, the drama of two different realities as they clashed formed a world that became for both, a new experience, a way of testing themselves on the merciless shores of time, a way of loving that tore down the pain of former lives they had to bear as mothers and wives.

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About the Author
Naomi Clay Horse is of mixed Indian ancestry. She graduated from college with a double major in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology; did graduate work in Special Education, and received a diploma in Christian Ministry. A new retiree, she begins a second career with this book.

I Killed Mom . . . Again! * by Naomi Clay Horse
A True Story
Publication date: Ocotober 30, 2012
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