"I was drawn into this compelling book fast and deep. It's full of Beam's usual vitality, and yet almost unbelievably sad. In her first book, in one unsettling paragraph, Cris Beam contemplates how being abandoned by her mother shaped her relationship with the transgirl she fostered. I've never known the rest of the backstory, and now that I do, it's a stake to the heart." 

- Andrew Solomon, author of THE NOONDAY DEMON, winner of the National book Award,  and FAR FROM THE TREE


"As I read Cris Beam's Mother, Stranger in one sitting, riveted in place, unable to take my eyes off her words. What shines through this wrenching and clear-eyed examination of a child caught inside her mother's madness is the writer's courage, her wisdom, her unshakable compassion." 

-Alison Smith, author of NAME ALL THE ANIMALS