Alaskan Blog 49 Writers sheds light on EVERY ATOM by Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Reading Erin Coughlin Hollowell’s Every Atom, a book of poems about her aging mother, reminds me of my grandmother’s history. Like Gracie, Hollowell was her mother’s youngest, born when her mom was already forty two. Her mother suffered from mental illness when Holloway was a teenager. Because she was the youngest daughter, Hollowell had to spend her teenage years shopping for family and taking over other mom jobs. Mom-daughter tension was always high.