Sandra L. Faulkner
The strength of If Mom’s Happy is the focus on a variety of real mothers’ lives and how sex has to be reclaimed, altered, and embraced in situ to suit the evolving realities of motherhood: less time, changed bodies, exhaustion, shifting desires, health challenges, identities in motion.
MRB (Maria) Chelko
Throughout Hagar Poems Mohja Kahf speaks through several female characters from the Quran, juxtaposing sacred ancient stories with contemporary settings and chatty dialogues. She seems, in the end, to be seeking a kind of religious and cultural middle ground: attempting to connect not only to her Muslim brothers and sisters, but to non-Muslims as well.
To raise a child is to ask for heartache and happiness in equal measure and Lilli De Jong by Janet Benton is a reflection on the sacrifices that all mothers have made for their families in past and continue to make in the present.
Katherine D. Stutzman
In The Wide Circumference of Love, Marita Golden shows remarkable empathy for all four members of the Tate family as they struggle, make mistakes, grieve, support each other, and eventually learn how to thrive.
In Not a Self Help Book,” by Yi Shun Lai, Marty is on a journey to save herself, but in it, she may also save her mother.
The narrative in Ben Berman’s collection, Figuring in the Figure, leads to a father’s witness of his infant daughter’s first discoveries of herself, yet it begins in another stage of life—a young man’s post-collegiate drift, aching for the shape of a self and a life that he will come to find in unanticipated forms.
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