Mother Reader. Essential Writings on Motherhood - Edited by Moyra Davey
Motherhood is "...the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness." --Adrienne Rich, in Of Woman Born
The intersection of motherhood and creative life is explored in these writings on mothering that turn the spotlight from the child to the mother herself. Here, in memoirs, testimonials, diaries, essays, and fiction, mothers describe first-hand the changes brought to their lives by pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering.
Many of the writers articulate difficult and socially unsanctioned maternal anger and ambivalence. In Mother Reader, motherhood is scrutinized for all its painful and illuminating subtleties, and addressed with unconventional wisdom and candor. What emerges is a sense of a community of writers speaking to and about each other out of a common experience, and a compilation of extraordinary literature never before assembled in a single volume.
Margaret Atwood Lydia Davis Annie Ernaux Mary Gaitskill Nancy huston Jane Lazarre Ursula K. LeGuin Doris Lessing Margaret Mead Toni Morrison Tillie Olsen Alicia Ostriker Grace Paley Sylvia Plath Adrienne Rich Sara Ruddick Mona Simpson Susan Rubin Suleiman Alice Walker Joy Williams
Publisher: Seven Stories
Dimensions: 230 x 154 mm