Memoir Mondays: Moonlight on Linoleum

Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.

Moonlight on Linoleum is a beautifully written, touching memoir where Terry Helwig crafts a moving tale about growing up with a mother who neglected her children and responsibilities. As a child, she grew up roving around the American West because of her stepfather’s job, denying any stability in her life. Her mother Carola was involved meeting other men, often leaving her alone with her siblings. Because of that, Terry was forced to become a mother-figure to six girls (one of them was actually her cousin) and sometimes, even to her own mother. Carola began to feel overwhelmed by stress, guilt and nightmares that deteriorated her mental health to the point that Terry needed to take her to a mental hospital. When Carola left the hospital, she spiraled into drug addiction and found herself seeing even more men. In 1974, she died of an accidental overdose.

Sensitive yet honest, Moonlight on Linoleum is a portrait of the powerful love a child has for her mother and the enduring fortitude Terry upholds to keep her family together. Read an excerpt from the memoir.