For many women, pregnancy is a surreal experience full of many changes as the body expands to accommodate a new life. While those physical changes can be “immediate, all-consuming and violent,” as Sarah Menkedick notes in Homing Instincts, it’s the internal journey where the heart and truth and loneliness fully exists. What a wild journey it is, she says, this “Zen state or acid trip.”
Life as It>, a new book of poems by Daneen Wardrop, takes readers into the beautiful yet mundane moments of motherhood while using imagery that is often based in art, faith, and music.
Mo Duffy Cobb’s Unpacked details the quest of a woman driven to travel by a life unraveled and explores both grief and the possibilities of hope against the backdrop of some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic locations.
Leslie Contreras Schwartz
In Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays From a Nervous System Sonya Huber explores the complex layers and textures of experiencing bodily pain and living with a physical disability: the experience of being a partner with pain in daily life, as if pain is its own separate being, both parallel and tangled with your own.
The stories in ‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride lie at the intersection of race and sex, of love and sacrifice. What happens when you fall in love with a man your culture shuns? What happens when you carry a shame nobody knows? How do you live and love knowing a mistake was made, a love never demonstrated?
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.
We publish reviews that explore literary work—fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—about any form of motherhood. This includes both newly-released work and older books that we consider to be important to the genre. Read more here.