The Mother Knot
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Mother Knot by Jane Lazarre
Book DescriptionIn this compelling memoir by a writer, mother, and feminist, Jane Lazarre confronts the myth of the "good mother" with her fiercely honest and intimate portrait of early motherhood as a time of profound ambivalence and upheaval, filled with desperation as well as joy, the struggle to reclaim a sense of self, and sheer physical exhaustion. Originally published in 1976, The Mother Knot is a feminist classic, as relevant today as it was twenty years ago.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780822320395
(152mm x 229mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jane Lazarre
Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness, Paperback (April 2016)View all books by Jane Lazarre
In this moving memoir Jane Lazarre, a white Jewish mother, describes her experience being married to an African American man and raising two sons as she learns, from family experience, teaching, and her studies, about the realities of racism in America.
US Kirkus Review » Jane Lazarre has tried to write a book that will expose "the great motherhood lie" - "the lie, gilt-edged and pearly, shiny as tinsel hanging on a sweet-smelling spruce" - by recounting her own explosively emotional, intense and chaotic experiences between that horrible day she gave birth to a son ("a steel rod pushing apart your insides," "green vomit," coming to orgasm while being shaved), and the time, three years later, when she began to cope with her feelings of inadequacy and unfemininity, her resentment of her husband and frequent hatred of her little boy. One often finds her "like a swimmer who is caught with a cramp equally far from the raft and shore, floundering"; a few pages later, she will reveal that her sexuality was "dripping blood. . . swirling madly, unreachable, involved only with myself." Her book is gushingly personal, wracking, miserable, crisis-ridden and righteously indignant about the impositions of being a mother, a wife, a daughter, an older sister, a student and a wage-earner. How can such unfocused anger be of any real practical use, never mind comfort, to other women in their decision to have, or not to have, a baby of their own? (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Jane Lazarre
Jane Lazarre is on the Faculty of Eugene Lang College at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness and Wet Earth and Dreams, both published by Duke University Press.
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