Shipwrecks & Complicated Mothers - June Cross

“Every family has its secrets. In my family the secret was me.”

Photo by Sarah Stacke

Shipwrecks & Complicated Mothers

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A young woman is told to keep her heritage a her mother; a reckless partier gets shipwrecked and has to sober up enough to save the day; and an author contends with her unsupportive mother on her deathbed. Hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Stories in this Episode

Secret Daughter

by June Cross

A young woman is told to keep her heritage a her mother.

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Finding Esther

by Susan Duncan

After a lifetime of conflict, a writer struggles to help her aging mother.

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Extras From This Episode

June Cross

June is the author of the book Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away inspired by her Emmy award-winning personal film Secret Daughter.

Mishka Shubaly

The StorySLAM version of Mishka Shubaly's story


Mishka onboard the sailboat.


Mishka with Captain Peter. Photo courtesy Mishka Shubaly.

Mishka wrote about his experience in Shipwrecked, now available on the Kindle.

Susan Duncan

For information on Susan and for a list of her works, visit her website.


Susan with friends and family during her wedding to Bob on Pittwater. Esther is second from left, Susan is fourth from left.


Esther and Susan at Esther’s 90th birthday party in 2011. Photos courtesy Susan Duncan.

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