February 13, 2009

Double Lives in Canadian Literature

"In her preface to Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, Marni Jackson observes how little has changed since she published The Mother Zone in 1992. Although a new generation of mothers seems even more determined “not to let motherhood change their lives,” this determination is futile “because, of course, having children transforms you.” The twenty-four personal narratives that make up Double Lives suggest that women continue to be surprised by the difference between how they imagined the impact of mothering upon their writing and the reality of the experience. Surprised by motherhood, they write, often in fragments—because who has time?—about themselves, their children, and the world."
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