Praise for "Things My Mother Left Behind"
“Susan Richardson is a remarkably skilled and passionate poet; hence, reading her becomes a visceral experience....
she is her voice – relentlessly authentic and unforgettable – which cannot be overshadowed by wells or walls for in her fragility lies her greatest strength.”
"In Things My Mother Left Behind, Susan Richardson speaks to the wounded soul in all of us. Her words echo with the terrible beauty of loss and disintegration, and the joy of being the fearless daughter of a best-loved father. Despite her unending battle with visual impairment, Susan sees more than most people, and the voice she has found in the darkness is an epiphany."
“Things My Mother Left Behind” is brilliant, honest, unfiltered and visceral. Susan’s words grab your soul, and paint images that resonate with anyone who reads it. A spirit of triumph and resiliency emerge from the journey she shares that is literally and figuratively shrouded in darkness and pain”
“Things My Mother Left Behind is a raw and fearless debut. Susan Richardson has allowed her readers access to places most dare not go. She has laid herself bare and bled vulnerability and heart onto each page. She has the rare ability to channel her most harrowing experiences and pain into prose so beautiful and honest it renders you breathless. Her words will not only leave you in awe of her innate talent but also the courage and strength it took for her to write them. This book is a mesmerizing piece of art. And, proof that immeasurable loss is not insurmountable - it is possible not only to survive but continue to live.”