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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (April 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743488784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743488785
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,138,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda B. Swanson-Davies Mothers. We have them, we lose them, we shun them, we need them, we become them or we don't. There is always love and loss. And there are stories.

About the Author

Susan Burmeister-Brown and her sister, Linda B. Swanson-Davies, have been editing the national literary quarterly Glimmer Train for more than a decade. They live in Portland, Oregon. Their previous anthology, Mother Knows: 24 Tales of Motherhood, is available from Washington Square Press.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Keller on May 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mother Knows presents a rich collection of emotionally meaningful short stories-some by writers I hadn't heard of before, but will be looking for now-about motherhood from all directions.
The opening piece, "What's Left Behind," is a deeply moving (but not sappy) story of a pregnant woman who loses her husband and children in a flash flood. Here are the first two lines: "He sweeps by me. My husband, Dizzy, rushes past me with his arms outstretched like a preacher at altar call."
There's the woman who's trying to take care of her small "determined" son and her equally stubborn father who, after a stroke, can only speak gibberish. The realism of this story is striking: the intertwining of love and dedication with exhaustion and a powerful, though passing, desire to flee from the obligations of family.

A remarkable range of authors and perspectives are included. There are at least five immigrants in this collection-wonderful writers with backgrounds and challenges very different from my own or my children's. (One author was born in China, another in Turkey, one in Puerto Rico, and one in Zimbabwe. I mean, wow.)
For me, the best fiction gives me a larger view of the world and yet reminds me that I am a part of it. And, although it sounds sentimental, these stories reminded me that it is the urge to love and be loved that keeps us moving through this world. This powerful collection of 24 (!) stories-by big names and soon-to-be-big names-has earned a permanent spot in my library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Warren on February 9, 2006
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All of our lives are inextricably bound with our mothers' lives. What I especially appreciated about these stories was that they told the truth--from all directions--about the complicated, but love-infused bond between mothers and their children. It's a meaningful, affecting, and hopeful collection. (And I've got some great new authors to follow now, too.)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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I loved reading this anthology of stories about Motherhood! Very touching. A fascinating and heartwarming read, for sure. Mothers have so much influence on our lives both as children and when we are adults. The capable authors cover such a wide range of motherhood stories. Very memorable reading.
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From the editors of Glimmer Train comes this collection of 24 short stories exploring the ties of motherhood. While the stories encompass a wide range of experiences and writing styles, they are all consistently thoughtful, well-written and provocative.

If I have any quibble with this collection, it is that almost without exception, these stories deal with loss, and including some stories that touch on the more joyous aspects of the mother-child bond would have balanced out this anthology nicely.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PS on May 3, 2004
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I got this for my wife for Mother's Day and I think I'll actually read it when she's done! Unless she lets our daughter read it first.
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