Mothers Are Not to Be Trusted

Fiction, Literary Fiction

Mothers are not to be trusted. This is something that Andrea Roedig discovered early on. Her mother Lilo was a beautiful woman, born in 1938, a Kriegskind, or war child. She climbed the social ladder by marrying well, but none of this could protect her from alcohol and prescription drug addiction. When her daughter was 12, Lilo left, disappearing for over three years. Although she later reappeared in her daughter’s life, she did so only briefly and sporadically. The rift that had been formed was never really mended.

Andrea Roedig tentatively unpacks this complicated stranger – her mother. She collects photos, diaries, and notes, uses her memories and, above all, her unsparing imagination. Who was her mother? And who would Andrea herself have been if it weren’t for this emotional rift? Andrea Roedig investigates gently but leaves no stone unturned. 

  • Open and unrelenting, Andrea Roedig explores of her childhood trauma
Andrea Roedig

Andrea Roedig, born in 1962 in Düsseldorf, is an essayist and freelance publicist. She studied philosophy and was head of the culture section of Der Freitag from 2001 to 2006. Roedig has lived in Vienna since 2007 where she writes pieces for both radio and print. She is co-editor of the magazine Wespennest.

Mothers Are Not to Be Trusted

Mothers are not to be trusted. This is something that Andrea Roedig discovered early on. Her mother Lilo was a beautiful woman, born in 1938, a Kriegskind, or war child. She climbed the social ladder by marrying well, but none of this could protect her from alcohol and prescription drug addiction. When her daughter was 12, Lilo left, disappearing for over three years. Although she later reappeared in her daughter’s life, she did so only briefly and sporadically. The rift that had been formed was never really mended.

Andrea Roedig tentatively unpacks this complicated stranger – her mother. She collects photos, diaries, and notes, uses her memories and, above all, her unsparing imagination. Who was her mother? And who would Andrea herself have been if it weren’t for this emotional rift? Andrea Roedig investigates gently but leaves no stone unturned. 

  • Open and unrelenting, Andrea Roedig explores of her childhood trauma
Bibliographic Data
240 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-29013-5
First published 2022