In this moving and poignant collection of short stories by a broad and vibrant group of American women writers, mothers and daughters describe their conflicts and consolations, their trusts and mistrusts, their loves and hates. In some stories, a mother sacrifices and struggles in order to provide her daughter with the opportunities she herself had been denied. In others, mothers and daughters share a renewed awareness of women's dependence on one another for survival. This multicultural collection of short stories written between the 1840s and the 1990s explores an ancient relationship with fresh vision and insight. Utilising a range of short story genres and incorporating diverse perspectives, these stories explore the maternal bonds between women and investigate the practice of family, exposing the complicated, bittersweet truths of women's intergenerational relationships.
"This is both an entertaining and insightful collection of short storieseach one well-written, and almost all sure to strike a pang of familiarity.""Boston Herald" This book derives its coherence and power not as a repository of historically representative material, useful as that is, but rather from the illumination of poignant aspects of the relations between mothers and daughters and from the reverberating theme of exploitation of women by men in a patriarchal society. "Women s Review of Books""
Series: The Women's Stories Project
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 2003
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2