In Elizabeth Strout’s Amy and Isabelle and My Name is Lucy Barton, the four main characters grapple with the dark side of the past within the framework of the narrative present; taken together they represent the potential for a broader cycle of experience from childhood, adolescence, and motherhood.
Nicole Rollender’s debut poetry collection tackles desire and grief as manifested through the female form in way that is haunting yet accessible, a reminder of pain and perseverance through motherhood.
Christine Hale’s collage-style memoir, spanning a period of 65 years, from Appalachia to Bermuda and all the way to Tibet, about coming to terms with childhood trauma, natural disaster, shame and guilt, mothering and being mothered–all within the backdrop of introspective Buddhist study.
A Review of Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in SpanishValli Jo Porter
Christine Gilbert’s Mother Tongue is part personal memoir, part travelogue, and part literacy narrative. When she and her family launch an eighteen-month-long, three-country quest to become fluent in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish, Gilbert and her husband have the courage to step out and travel to places most of us can only dream.
A collection of interwoven short stories by Charlotte Holmes that spans more than 30 years and explores what happens to family relationships when art overtakes expectation, or when expectation begins to guide art.
An anthology featuring essays examining women’s relationships with a wide range of tools: from tractor to typewriter, sewing machine to microphone, radio to prosthetic leg. It provides insight into how these machines connect with the experiences of women, including daughters and mothers.
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.