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Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother
Good Mother. Bad Mother. Proud Mother. Guilty Mother.
Modern motherhood is riddled with contradictions and myths.
In Mothermorphosis, some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers share their own experiences of motherhood. In telling their stories they articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of the transformation that takes place when we become mothers.
We read about the yearning for a child, the private and public expressions of maternal love, the questioning, uncertainty and unexpected delight, as well as unfathomable loss.
Mothermorphosis reveals that there is no 'right' version of this epic experience and no single tale that could ever speak for all mothers. Yet it is in reading about other women's experiences—the hard bits, the joyous bits and even the ridiculous bits—that we can become more compassionate, not just to other mothers but hopefully to ourselves.
Mothermorphosis includes writing from: Kate Holden, Kathy Lette, Lorelei Vashti, Rebecca Huntley, George McEnroe, Fatima Measham, Jo Case, Hilary Harper, Cordelia Fine, Jane Caro, Hannah Robert, Susan Carland, Kerri Sackville, Catherine Deveny, Lee Kofman and Dee Madigan.
About the author
Monica Dux is a columnist with The Age, a social commentator and author of Things I Didn't Expect (when I was expecting), and co-author of The Great Feminist Denial, both published by Melbourne University Press. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women's issues. Monica is one of the founders of the Stella Prize, a major new literary prize celebrating Australian women's writing. You can find her at monicadux.com.au or on twitter @monicadux.
A percentage of sales of the book goes to PANDA, the Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. Find out more: www.panda.org.au