For Sutton Foster, Crochet Is a Survival Tactic

It was mental disease that was never treated or dealt with in any meaningful way, according to Hunter Foster in a phone interview. I don’t allow myself to stay in bed past a certain time because my mom was in bed half the day,” he said after stating that he spends as much time outside as possible.

Sutton Foster believes that the nature of his and his sister’s connection with their mother will come as a surprise to some of his readers. There are some parts of our tale that people don’t know about. Protecting my mother and being terrified of her are all part of the shadow side of my personality. Until recently, hardly one talked about it, and now there’s this sense of liberation.”

A framed poster with the words “Breathe” read behind her on the wall.

In “Hooked,” Foster teamed with Liz Welch, who has worked with Malala Yousafzai, Elaine Welteroth, and Shaun King. “Sutton is a Broadway performer, and my mother was also on the stage in musicals. Both Sutton and I are adoptive mothers. There is no doubt that Welch and I would have been good friends regardless of the circumstances, he said. “Crochet was the perfect metaphor for holding oneself together, taking all these different threads of her really interesting, not-what-you’d-expect existence,” she writes.

“One thing that’s incredibly challenging for people writing memoirs is to dig their stories,” Grand Central vice president and executive editor Suzanne O’Neill said. She hoped that the book would be a success. She dove right in. For her, it was a work of art that required a lot of effort.

In “Hooked,” Foster describes being 16 and seeing Patti LuPone sing “Being Alive” on TV, entranced by her idol’s voice. “There was something both alarming and exhilarating about her confidence,” she explains. That’s something you can do,” her mother, who had lately given up driving and grocery shopping, told her.