Double Lives

Double Lives

Writing and Motherhood

Book - 2008
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This text presents a literary anthology focusing on mothering and writing. 22 writers, who range in reputation from seasoned professionals to noteworthy new talents, reveal the intimate challenges and private rewards of nurturing children while pursuing the passion to write.
Publisher: Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780773533776
077353377X
Branch Call Number: Literature 810.9 Dou
Alternative Title: Writing and motherhood

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Cecilturtle
May 22, 2011

This collection groups personal essays from 24 Canadian writers about their experience as writers and mothers. It is a very emotional and sincere look at the dichotomies between mothering and writing both demanding so much attention, both at such different emotional levels. Despite the age differences, number of children, economic realities and family situations, these women have many commonalities: finding time, fighting sleep, balancing demands and debunking myths. Some mothers had their own racial or sexual stigmas to overcome, others handicapped or struggling children. All are deserving of attention although I must admit some had much greater barriers to overcome than others.
Many of the stories are repetitive (quoting the few well-known women who have dared speak on the topic), which makes this collection a bit difficult to read in one sitting. Others are very linear and didn't much appeal to me. However, there are a selected few that are absolute gems and make this entire book worthwhile.
Finally, it was for me a discovery into new authors and poets and gave me an appreciation for the stubbornness and passion that motivate these women.

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