Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood

McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008

Double Lives: Writing and MotherhoodIn Double Lives, the first Canadian literary anthology focusing on mothering and writing, twenty-two writers, who range in reputation from seasoned professionals to noteworthy new talents, reveal the intimate challenges and private rewards of nurturing children while pursuing the passion to write. Varying widely in age, marital status, sexual orientation, culture/ethnicity, and philosophical stance, authors such as Di Brandt, Stephanie Bolster, Linda Spalding, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Sally Ito Rachel Rose and Susan Olding, make significant and illuminating contributions to our understanding of how writer and mother co-exist.

“This courageous and revealing book… belongs in every mother-writers’ library, to be read not in one gulp, put piece by piece, as the situation demands — and of course, as time permits.”
—The Quill & Quire

“There are many types of domestic situations depicted her as there are writing styles… Reading these very personal and moving essays, I realize it is the lucky ones who have merely double lives.”
—The Globe & Mail

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