Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood

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Library Journal
Moraga, coeditor of the classic This Bridge Called My Back (1983), has written a memoir of the birth of her son. Through the use of journal entries and other prose styles, Moraga tells the story of her insemination, premature birth, and subsequent medical complications and the effect of her son's birth on her relationship with her lover, Ella. Moraga's prose is clean and riveting, and the story she tells is well craftedso well crafted, in fact, that it loses some immediacy. The power of this work lies more in the life-and-death issues Moraga faced with her child's premature birth than it does in her experiences as a lesbian mother. Nevertheless, Moraga does address the issues that lesbian mothers, both biological and coparent, face. Recommended for all medium and larger libraries and any libraries with lesbian, women's, or Chicana collections.Melodie Frances, Golden Gate Univ. Lib., San Francisco
Ramona Hernandez
From the moment Moraga realizes that being a strong lesbian does not exclude her from motherhood ("at the age of thirty, it hit me. I was a woman and, therefore, potentially capable of having children"), she is both exhilarated and cautious about the possibility. She had been painfully hurt when she lost contact with the child of a former lover and almost seems surprised when she acknowledges wanting "a child that would never be taken from me, a child to raise from scratch." Perhaps because she is a poet, not a journalist, Moraga seemed...able to express one of the most confusing aspects of motherhood—the fact that at the same moment you can desperately want to be with your children and, equally desperately, need to be away from them.
—The Women's Review of books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563410925
  • Publisher: Firebrand Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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