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The life of stuff: possessions, obsessions and the mess we leave behind

The life of stuff: possessions, obsessions and the mess we leave behind

Walker, Susannah, 1970-

Only after her mother's death does Susannah Walker discover how much of a hoarder she had become. Over the following months, she has to sort through a dilapidated house filled to the brim with rubbish and treasures, in search of a woman she never knew in life. This is her last chance to piece together her mother's story and make sense of their troubled relationship. What emerges from the mess of scattered papers, discarded photographs and an extraordinary amount of stuff is the history of a sad and fractured family, haunted by dead children, divorce and alcohol. 'The Life of Stuff' is a deeply personal memoir about mourning and the shoring up of possessions against the losses and griefs of life, which also raises universal questions about what makes us the people we are. What do our possessions say about us? Why do we project such meaning onto them?

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Black Swan, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Susannah Walker
ISBN: 1784163309, 9781784163303
Note: Originally published: 2018.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 370 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Mothers and daughters.; Family and Relationships; Personal belongings Psychological aspects.; Compulsive hoarding.; Walker, Susannah.; Walker, Susannah Family.