The Mother Knot

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In 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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Overview

In 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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The Mother Knot deserves a permanent place in the stirring body of testimonial literature American feminism has given rise to.”—Vivian Gornick

“A modern feminist classic, certain to leave its readers changed from the experience of reading seldom spoken truths.”—Maureen T. Reddy, from the Introduction to the new edition of The Mother Knot

“A wholly original and important book. . . . I cannot imagine a woman who would not be moved, or a man who would not be enlightened.”—Adrienne Rich

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822320395
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Validates Sanity

    I read this book back when my children were young. I was a stay at home Mom with a controlling husband and so wanting to be the perfect Mother. But there were always times when I felt so very short of perfection. This book helped me to realize that I was not a bad Mother or crazy. I have lost my book along the way, but am buying another in 2005 to read and see how much I have changed. I ended up raising three of the 5 children as a single parent. I recommend this book to anyone who has feelings of inadequacy as a Mother at times.....You are not! You are normal.

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