One Day on the Gold Line
A Memoir in Essays
by Carla Rachel Sameth
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 18 Jul 2019 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2020
Through meditations on race, culture, and family, One Day on the Gold Line tells the story of a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles. A memoir-in-essays, it examines life’s surprising changes that come through choice or circumstance, often seemingly out of nowhere, and sometimes darkly humorous—even as the situations are dire.
While escaping from a burning boat, Carla realizes that if she died, her one regret would be not having children. She overcomes miscarriages to finally give birth to a son. Motherhood’s usual struggles are then complicated by identity, community, and the challenges of creating a blended family. The overarching theme of these loosely woven reflective tales is the storyteller’s dream of the “perfect” family, the pursuit of which hurls her from one crisis to the next, ultimately meeting its greatest challenge in the form of her teenage son’s struggle with drug addiction.
A Note From the Publisher
“The essays explore the inner workings of abusive marriages, futile attempts to craft a happy blended family with a dysfunctional wife, and the parental nightmare of an adolescent son with substance abuse.” –Alison Ernst, Brevity
“Carla Sameth has seen it all—and she’s the perfect guide to show us the poetry she found. Like motherhood itself, One Day on the Gold Line will break your heart in all the right places and put it back together a little differently.” —Ariel Gore, author, editor/publisher of Hip Mama
“A beautifully written memoir…notable for clarity and originality. A sharp wit and defiant humor run through this book, giving it an upbeat energy.” —Kathryn Rhett, author of Immortal Village, Souvenir, and Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis
Average rating from 2 members
I found this book to be a fascinating although at times a confusing read.. it’s a memoir composed from essays, which make some time and place jumps. The memoir tells a story about race, culture, intimacy and finding one’s self. It’s a wild story about survival, strength and most of all love. The writer has a unique style and is outspoken, and maybe a little crazy, it sits really well with me. I couldn’t really put this book down, but I also can’t tell you exactly what I liked about it.