Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. MOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, and chronic sibling rivalry; it's about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It's motherly advice, too—featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine—a guide to the essential experiences of being female, "born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight," waiting for the future to arrive. With sly wit and surprising joy, MOTHERLUNGE considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.
"[V]oice is where Kirstin Scott astonishes, both in the gutsy yet precise and lyrical voice of her narrator Thea, and in the brilliantly realized voices that Scott bestows on the rest of Thea's family. Here we have a tribe of mothers-gone-wrong and their sidelined, well-meaning, hapless men—and yet, owing to the sheer inventiveness of Scott's prose style, the family portrait that emerges is almost (well, not quite) affirmative. We believe in these characters and even believe that some good—some human equivalent of that ribald, generous and knowing voice—will come out of all this."—Jaimy Gordon
"According to writer Don Lee, who selected Scott as the winner of the 2011 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Prize, her book explores 'the legacy of motherhood' and the 'afflictions that may cycle through generations.' That's true as far as it goes, but Lee's a far better judge than blurber: Scott's debut is about likable, uncertain Thea and her beautiful sister, Pavia, about having and not having a child and having and not having a mother. It's about making decisions and not making decisions and the way these, plus luck, good and bad, become your life. And it's about pleasure ours, as we listen to Thea tell her unborn daughter about sex and love and sorrow, and what happened when she left her small Montana town to go to the big city and help out the pregnant Pavia. Finally, as we come to understand, it's about the decision, as Thea puts it, to 'not not know.' Funny and smart, and told in the first person, this is the kind of debut novel that's often assumed to be autobiographical. Whether it is or isn't, in Thea and those around her Scott has created characters we believe in and wish well, characters who feel real strange and sad and happy, like real people are." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel
Motherlunge is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry; it s about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It's motherly advice, too featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine a guide to the essential experiences of being female, "born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight, waiting for the future to arrive. With sly wit and surprising joy, MOTHERLUNGE considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.
About the Author
Kirstin Scott's stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sonora Review, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.