"Who Killed Mom?
more closely resembles a poignant, darkly humorous but very loving memoir of [Steve Burgess
'] parents, his mom especially, and the kids who had to let her go, not an easy thing to do. I found it hard to let her go too." (Toronto Star
"Not only are there no murders, but Burgess
has managed to pull off a memoir that dwells not on dysfunction and disaster but on the everyday experiences of a refreshingly happy and ordinary family...Burgess
has a way with one-liners, and it comes in handy as he gets ready to face the death of his beloved mother. As they say, you have to laugh." (Winnipeg Free Press
"This is no treacly memoir. Like a Garrison Keillor of the Canadian prairies, Burgess
writes funny, unfiltered observations, anecdotes and character descriptions that flow naturally and make for an engaging story of his life to date. His first book is a great effort after almost 20 years in the freelance trenches, a very funny book worthy of a Leacock Medal for Humour." (D. Grant Black Globe & Mail
"It's a heartfelt, but funny, portrait of the author's mother...Burgess
writes with candor and humour about his family and their circle. He's also merciless when revealing his own faults." (Uptown Magazine
"One would hardly expect to guffaw through a memoir that examines the aging of a parent, her declining health, her loss of independence, and inevitably, her death. But such is the case with Who Killed Mom? A Delinquent Son's Meditation on Family, Mortality and Very Tacky Candles, author Steve Burgess's sobering -- and yes, hilarious -- new book, as indicated by the somewhat cheeky subtitle."
(Prairie Books NOW
"...a poignant, loving and darkly humourous memoir."
(Toronto Star 100 Books of 2011
"In this witty and compassionate debut, Canadian broadcaster Burgess
examines the life and death of his mother, Joan, and his own supposed role in her demise...Burgess
honestly highlights the great ruthlessness of familial love, and the power of humor and storytelling to cope with life and death." (Publisher's Weekly
"A touching -- if decidedly and deliberately offbeat -- family memoir...Expect to encounter laughs and tugs on the heartstrings in pretty much equal amounts." (Booklist
"Burgess's tale is part memoir, part autobiography, and part who-done-it and all-over fantastic...a fine work of serious literary value." (San Francisco Book Review
is a writer and broadcater whose honours include two Canadian National Magazine awards. Burgess
is the former host of @the end
, a nationally broadcast talk show on CBC Newsworld
, and a frequent CBC Radio guest host. Burgess
' stories have been featured in Reader's Digest editions around the world, as well as Maclean's
, the Globe & Mail
, and other publications. Who Killed Mom?
is his first book.