While Ignacio is the lucky boy in the title of this novel by Shanthi Sekaran, this story belongs to Soli and Kavya. “This story, this fight for a boy—it wasn’t about the boy. It was about his mothers. It was about a law that grew from the deepest roots of their being.”
The Solace of Stones tells the story of Julie Riddle’s family, as well as her growing realization that something in her past went terribly, terribly wrong. Even though she can’t immediately identify what’s happened, it shapes her life nonetheless.
In Beyond Rainman, Anne K. Ross ably wields the dual perspectives of mother and professional psychologist, showing from multiple perspectives what autism looks and feels like. As a professional, she observes children on the spectrum hovering at the edges of school playgrounds, while at home, her stomach tightens when she senses her son getting stuck and angry.
Whether Leslie Contreras Schwartz is examining the bodily experience of bearing children, the remembered experience of her own childhood, her present relationship to children, or stories and images of children, they’re presented in continuity. Like fire, childhood exists in a state between, an on-going place where experiences merge and are made from what’s being consumed.
Karen Craigo’s poems walk within memories, where both scarcity and plenty are possible depending on perspective. In poem after poem, Craigo chooses abundance — in kindness, in language, in story.
Sarah Ivens Moffett
In her short stories, Louisa Ermelino beautifully captures, ponders, and shares women’s dilemmas and obstacles on the subject of where one belongs, both figuratively and literally.
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