Dear "Woman Seeking Mother",
I was very interested in your notice in the New York Review of Books and I hope you don't mind me emailing you about it. I am 43 years old and I live in London with my husband and two children. I worked as a barrister until eight years ago and I am now a writer.
My mother died eleven years ago, so clearly our situations are quite different. Nevertheless, I was very struck by the idea that you want to make a relationship that might in some way echo the relationship you had with your mother. I wondered whether you have always felt this, or whether this has recently come about.
I must be honest and say that I am emailing you because I am interested in the whole idea of what it means to be without a mother at various stages in life, particularly for a woman, but I am not interested in forging any kind of mother relationship.
With best wishes,
fellow motherless mother