A Mother's Story
In 1988, Gloria Vanderbilt's 23-year-old son Carter committed suicide. As Vanderbilt looked on,
Carter swung away from the terrace wall of her 14th-floor New York apartment and, in Vanderbilt's
words, "He let go." In this poignant memoir, Vanderbilt reflects on her own painful history and
what she describes as "the final loss, the fatal loss that stripped me bare." She thought, she
says, that she could not survive the death of her son. This memoir is a testimony to her courage
and her own return to life.