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Bergman’s”Another Story She Won’t Believe” was a heartbreaking story of a mother who can’t stop regretting the past.  Suzanne was a recovering alcoholic and thought she had failed as a mother.

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The closing lines of The Great Gatsby continued to go through my head as I read Bergman’s story.  Suzanne had so much difficulty moving forward with her sobriety because she continued to revert to the past.  Suzanne never had a drink in “Another Story She Won’t Believe,” but it was clear that she hadn’t been sober long and she had a tendency to relapse. She made many mistakes with her daughter that she regrets things she told her that she wished she could take back.  The past was haunting her and making it difficult for her to move forward.

We are the bad mothers, the moose and I-me for drinking, the moose for abandoning her yearling to attend her newborn.

At the end of Bergman’s story, Suzanne had become the moose.  She understood that her daughter was screwed up because of her drinking, but there was nothing she could to do to change what Leslie had become.  Suzanne took home the aye-aye, and believed that she could comfort her and take better care of her than she did her own daughter.  The aye-aye becomes Suzanne’s second chance to be a good mom.

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