Notes of a Reluctant Mother
By Lauren Slater
(Beacon Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780807001738, 191pp.)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
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Lauren Slater's rocky childhood and history of mental illness left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but one husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. In these autobiographical pieces, Slater presents snapshots of domestic life, populating them with the gritty details and jarring realities of sharing home, life, and body in the curious institution called family. Beautifully written, often humorous, and always revealing, these stories scrutinize the complex questions surrounding family life, offering up sometimes uncomfortable truths.