Stories of Motherhood is a lovely collection of short stories which celebrate motherhood and is the latest title in Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics series.
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this anthology, which gathers together more than a century of short fiction writing about motherhood and mothers – having, leaving, loving and losing them.
The collection includes contributions from a diverse range of authors – some of whom I knew of such as Amy Tan, Edith Wharton, Aimee Bender and Colm Toibin and others who were new to me, including Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Munro and Willa Cather. Every author brings their own voice and their own take on motherhood which keeps the collection interesting and varied.
The short stories cover a wide range of themes, from young mothers and their newborn babies in Lydia Davis’ ‘What You Learn About The Baby’, adult children grieving for their lost mothers in Colm Tobin’s ‘One Minus One’, the forging of a bond with an adopted infant in Ron Carlson’s ‘Blood and Its Relationship to Water’ and overlapping pregnancies between a mother and daughter in Barbara Kingslover’s ‘Islands on the Moon’. Some stories will make you laugh, others will make you cry and some are just pure, literary escapism. There really is something for everyone and I am sure that any mother will relate to, and enjoy, these intriguing insights into motherhood.
Stories of Motherhood is a unique, hardback gift book which is published in time for Mother’s Day on 18th March (make a note in the diary!). It would make a wonderful addition to any classic literature collection. My suggestion – buy it for yourself if you don’t think the kids are going to be forthcoming – you won’t be disappointed!
About Everyman’s Pocket Classics
Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics is a series of anthologies in pocket size editions. Other titles include Christmas Stories, Bedtime Stories, New York Stories and Stories of the Sea. Founded in 1906, Everyman’s Library was re-launched by David Campbell with Random House UK and Alfred A. Knopf US in 1991. It has since published more than 500 titles and sold more than 20 million books.