Read excerpts of What’s in a Name, a story that will change what we think of mothers, silence and our names.
- Christine Waters aka Lena Brown breaks free from her name like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.
- Elizabeth Laird aka Mother Laird feels the heaviness of her father’s ignorance even after she has broken free from her maiden name by taking her husband’s.
- Mavis Dell aka Dell-Dell breaks the dawn with her new name after miraculously, it seems, rolling a “drum not on a flat surface but on an incline without it slipping.”
- And Althea Brown aka Auntie Brown accepts a new name that is symbolic of both her denial and her faith.