Fallen Branches Weigh More Than the Trees

Self-identity is relational. We continually grow in concert with and in reaction to our surroundings. Fallen Branches Weigh More Than The Trees speaks to the labors of self-discovery during unexpected change. It tells the story of two women—connected by blood, separated by years—as they negotiate their identities in the isolation of rural Maine. In a post-divorce household, my mother seeks reinvention while my sister navigates the convergence of adolescence and adulthood. Behind the curtain of contemporary pressures for public performance and social media, these two women walk parallel paths en route to understanding who they are. This series explores my mother and my sister as reflections of each other—mirroring one another’s losses and sharing in the healing to come.


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