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Stories of Motherhoodby Diana Secker Tesdell
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Now joining Everyman’s Library—the most extensive and distinguished collectible library of the world’s greatest works—is an appealing new collection in a small Pocket Classics format, perfect for gift giving and reading pleasure.
Stories of Motherhood gathers more than a century of literary celebrations of mothers of all ages. These short stories by a wide range of great writers illuminate the many facets of our most elemental human relationship, from birth to death and everything in between.
Lydia Davis and Harold Brodkey explore dizzying encounters between young mothers and their newborn babies, while Colm Tóibín and Lorrie Moore portray adult children grieving for their lost mothers. Ron Carlson probes the forging of a bond with an adopted infant, Barbara Kingsolver gives us a sparring mother-and-daughter pair whose overlapping pregnancies lead them to common ground, and Aimee Bender offers a loopy fable of maternal connection in which a woman gives birth to her own mother. Willa Cather, Ernest Gaines, and Louise Erdrich dramatize the strength and sacrifices of mothers in very different walks of life, while Anita Desai and Amy Tan chart the gulf of misunderstanding and cultural change that can divide mothers and their offspring in any time or place—and the ways love can sometimes find to cross it.
These and such other masters of the short story as Sherwood Anderson, Hortense Calisher, and Alice Munro write memorably about mothers—having, losing, leaving, and loving them—in modes that range from lyrical to satirical, from heartbreaking to hilarious.
The perfect gift for Mother's Day--a beautifully jacketed hardcover anthology of literary stories by a wide range of writers about every aspect of motherhood, and about our most elemental human relationship from birth to death.
Lydia Davis, Amy Bloom, Colm Tóibín, E. L. Doctorow, Ron Carlson, A. S. Byatt, Harold Brodkey, Antonya Nelson, Barbara Kingsolver, Aimee Bender and Lorrie Moore--here are stories from these and many other writers about having mothers and being mothers, about loving, losing, and leaving our mothers--in voices and circumstances that range from the lyrical to the satirical, from the fantastic to the indelibly real, from utterly hilarious to absolutely heartbreaking.
About the Author
Diana Secker Tesdell edited the Everyman's Pocket Classics anthologies Christmas Stories, Love Stories, Stories of the Sea, Dog Stories, Cat Stories, New York Stories, and Bedtime Stories.
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