A Better Woman (Paperback)

A Memoir of Motherhood

By Susan Johnson

Washington Square Press, 9780743432979, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 19, 2003

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Acclaimed novelist Susan Johnson found, at age thirty-five, that her desire to have a baby became overwhelming. She had no inkling what motherhood would cost -- or give -- her. But as she went on to experience pregnancy and birth, and their impact on her marriage, health, and heart, she recorded it all. In this hauntingly lovely account, Johnson portrays a woman transformed by motherhood, and a writer forever changed by a widening chasm of experience. Her initial ecstasy jostles against bewilderment, rage, and despair, however, when she develops a rare complication of childbirth; she is "a one-woman catastrophe, a small ruined country." She is also burning to get words on paper. The result, A Better Woman, should be required reading for every woman hungry to give birth -- and every mother yearning to have her deepest feelings heard.

About the Author

Susan Johnson, an internationally acclaimed author, has written four novels, including Hungry Ghosts, which is available from Washington Square Press. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Praise For A Better Woman: A Memoir of Motherhood

Isabel Allende

I am writing these lines with tears in my eyes....An extraordinary book from a great writer and a great woman.

Kirkus Reviews

Transcendent....Beautifully written and remarkably wise....A distinguished memoir: one of those rare insights into motherhood that describes the magical and the mundane with equal insight and honesty.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Writing so fiercely beautiful the pages seem to tremble with the weight of their words. A Better Woman will entirely possess you as you read.