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How Black Mothers Say I Love You (print) by Trey Anthony

Available October 2017



From the author of the blockbuster hit ’da Kink in my hair comes an emotional and raw look into family dynamics, trust, resolution, and change.





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How Black Mothers Say I Love You (print)

Claudette still can’t forgive her mother, Daphne, for leaving. For six years of her childhood, Claudette and her sister Valerie were left with their grandmother while their mother moved from Jamaica to Canada to start a new chapter for her family. But in that time, Daphne remarried and had another daughter.

Now Montreal-based Claudette is in her late thirties, visiting her dying mother in Toronto, but that doesn’t stop her anger and abandonment issues from bubbling up. It doesn’t stop Daphne from voicing her opinions on how Claudette lives her life, either. With Daphne, Claudette, and Valerie all under one roof again, each family member is forced to confront their emotions while there’s still time.

Though rooted in buried strife and sadness, How Black Mothers Say I Love You is full of humour, love, and tenderness as it explores the complicated perceptions of immigrant mothers.

“She's especially adept at switching from the serious to the comic in a few lines, and the audience reacts audibly to certain revelations as well as to the play's moments of intensity and humour.” —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“Anthony plumbs this generational trauma to create a story of poignant truth about racism, colonialism, and their effect on the family… Trey Anthony is a national treasure.” —Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre

Additional Information

Title How Black Mothers Say I Love You (print)
ISBN 13 9781770918023
Genre African Canadian Theatre, Women Writers
Contributor(s) Trey Anthony
Agent Please contact Playwrights Canada Press for more information about production rights.
Year 2017

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