The Fruits of Labour: Creativity, Motherhood and Self Expression Paperback – Mar 1 2001
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From the practical demands of having children, to the change of identity it brings, this collection of essays by noted writers and artists speaks to women’s experience of motherhood: the need for “a room of one’s own,” the difficulty in balancing a career with the demands of child–rearing, postnatal depression, the “ideal” of motherhood, holding on to one’s sense of self, and choosing not to have children. Vivid and inspiring, this anthology forms an intimate portrait of women’s shared experience and opens a window onto the creative mind.
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One sentence that pierced my heart and made my face crumple with pain was, "Other Mothers' Sons [a painting] was created out of fear and empathy for the mothers who had nurtured and protected young men through infancy and childhood, only to risk losing them in a battle that was not of their making." I'm not sure why this particular sentence touched me so--maybe just as a mother of young sons--or maybe I was feeling particularly emotional. Reading it now, it doesn't hit me quite the way it first did. There was something about this book that just really touched me in an emotional place. I recommend it especially to mothers who also do other creative work in addition to mothering.
This review is primarily excerpted from my book blog, [...]
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