Making Babies (Paperback)

Stumbling into Motherhood

By Anne Enright

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393338287, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/2/2012)
Paperback (8/1/2005)

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“One of the best books ever on the experience of being a mother.”—Boston Sunday Globe

Anne Enright was married for eighteen years before she and her husband started having children. Already a confident, successful novelist, Enright continued to work after each of her two children was born; while each baby slept, those first two years of life, Enright wrote in dispatches about the mess, the glory, and the raw shock of motherhood. Supremely observant and endlessly quizzical, Enright “has pulled off that rarest of tricks: writing brilliantly about happiness” (Sunday Times).

About the Author

Anne Enright is author of five novels, most recently Actress. The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize and The Forgotten Waltz won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. In 2015 she was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She lives in Dublin.

Praise For Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood

An oddly sweet-and-sour but loving memoir about becoming a mother.
— Dwight Garner

To write well in the mother-child arena, a person must understand that the essential condition of motherhood . . . is absurdity. Samuel Beckett could have come up with a great book on babies. Anne Enright has.
— Judith Newman

Equal parts wryly analytical and wholeheartedly emotional. She is honest, funny and scandalously frank.
— Dallas Morning News

[A] field guide to both the romance and reality of what it means to create and care for other humans, delivered by narration that evinces deep sincerity and the purest happiness.

Anne Enright’s style is as sharp and brilliant as Joan Didion’s; the scope of her understanding is as wide as Alice Munro’s; her sympathy for her characters is as tender and subtle as Alice McDermott’s; her vision of Ireland is as brave and original as Edna O’Brien’s.
— Colm Tóibín

At once a memoir, a reference manual and a cautionary tale about the conflicting emotions of parenthood…. For those who’ve grown weary of hyped-up superparents and their relentless positivity, [Enright’s] candor is welcome.

[Enright’s] first work of nonfiction, Making Babies is a collection of short essays, some of them stream of consciousness, that move chronologically through the landmarks of motherhood. She writes with brutal candor and irreverence about the things that the feel-good baby books don’t tell you….

— Moira Hodgson

Winning and witty.

Keenly observed and gorgeously written… one of the best books ever on the experience of being a mother. Because it’s an experience so many of us share, Enright’s fearless and funny inquiry into why motherhood feels the way it does is not only entertaining, it’s deeply consoling.