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                                                                      Contact: Mary E. Moloney 314-962-0390




Many mothers, in the guise of children, continue birthing children. Expected to raise them, these mothers flounder, masking ineptitude beneath addictive practices and societal norms. Within this madness, their daughters fail to thrive, their instincts shut down, their shadow existence screams in silence. With no way out, many endure life between office visits to specialists, further silencing them with medication. Some die before their time. Because this issue is so longstanding, many women accept it as a given; they deny its darkness and prefer womb-living to the challenge of living a personal life. This was true of the author, Mary E. Moloney, until she wrote her memoir, Elizabeth – Learning To Dress Myself From The Inside Out. The product of nine years and eighteen drafts, it narrates her emergence from her mother’s enmeshment.

To accomplish this, Mary entered dream analysis in 1988 and awoke to her inner voice, demanding change on all levels. She was to become a new woman. In 1991, acceptance of her disease of alcoholism led to daily meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Within that fellowship, she also discovered women dealing with enmeshments to their mothers. Thus began the serious writing of her memoir, filled with significant dreams and principles of 12 Step living. The metaphor of “clothes,” purchased by her mother, and later by herself, enhances this story of transformation.

Mary urges her women readers to deal with the crippling effects of enmeshments, to live joyfully in the present, and to prepare for the life to come. Honesty, willingness, and open mindedness will facilitate this process. Her rich experience as a hospital/hospice chaplain also informs these perceptions.

Elizabeth – Learning to Dress Myself from the Inside Out is available on Amazon.


Available on Amazon

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