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Dispatches from a not-so-perfect Life: Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child

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Publisher Comments:

When Salon.com published Faulkner Fox’s article on motherhood, “What I Learned from Losing My Mind,” the response was so overwhelming that Salon reran the piece twice. The experience made Faulkner realize that she was not alone—that the country is full of women who are anxious and conflicted about their roles as mothers and wives.

In Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life, her provocative, brutally honest, and often hilarious memoir of motherhood, Faulkner explores the causes of her unhappiness, as well as the societal and cultural forces that American mothers have to contend with. From the time of her first pregnancy, Faulkner found herself—and her body—scrutinized by doctors, friends, strangers, and, perhaps most of all, herself. In addition to the significant social pressures of raising the perfect child and being the perfect mom, Faulkner also found herself increasingly incensed by the unequal distribution of household labor and infuriated by the gender inequity in both her home and others’. And though she loves her children and her husband passionately, is thankful for her bountiful middle-class life, and feels wracked with guilt for being unhappy, she just can’t seem to experience the sense of satisfaction that she thought would come with the package. She’s finally got it all—the husband, the house, the kids, an interesting part-time job, even a few hours a week to write—so why does she feel so conflicted?

Faulkner sheds light on the fear, confusion, and isolation experienced by many new mothers, mapping the terrain of contemporary domesticity, marriage, and motherhood in a voice that is candid, irreverent, and deeply personal, while always chronicling the unparalleled joy she and other mothers take in their children.

Synopsis:

A witty, thought-provoking, and candid look at women struggling to deal with motherhood and modern life irreverently examines women's efforts to deal with housework, child care, career ambition, sleep deprivation, romance, spouses and significant others, and unrealistic expectations about life. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

FAULKNER FOX teaches creative writing at Duke University. She holds a BA in literature from Harvard, an MA in American Studies from Yale, and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons. Visit her website at www.faulknerfox.com.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307420589
Subtitle:
Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child
Publisher:
Harmony Books
Author:
Fox, Faulkner
Author:
Faulkner Fox
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Housewives
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Wives
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20041116
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
260

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Mothering
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Relationships
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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"Synopsis" by , A witty, thought-provoking, and candid look at women struggling to deal with motherhood and modern life irreverently examines women's efforts to deal with housework, child care, career ambition, sleep deprivation, romance, spouses and significant others, and unrealistic expectations about life. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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