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  1. Know the Mother (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
    Know the Mother (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
    Know the Mother (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
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  2. Know the Mother (Made in Michigan Writers Series)

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    Price R516.00

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While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician's wife's thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: "Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn't worth the price of abandoning her family, so she'd come back home. She'd risked it all for love." With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper's stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

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Desiree Cooper
Wayne State University Press
Wayne State University Press
Wayne State University Press
Wayne State University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

A slender book of short-shorts that keeps you thinking: Nothing could be better than this one. But how can you call it "better" when it's moved you to tears?
It's difficult to review a story that is between one-half to two and a half pages in length. But I will tell you my favorite is "Requiem For a Dress"
I can't put it out of my mind. I've reread it and that didn't make it lose any of its power.
It wrung my heart right into dust.
I wish I could give this book to every woman I know.
Thanks to one of my favorite African-American authors, Bernice McFadden, for recommending this. I'll be forever indebted.
At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I wish I could buy this book for every reader I know. It's exquisite and powerful, each short short and flash story portraying a distinct and complex life and world. I made the mistake of thinking I could read it quickly, often finding myself in tears from its beauty, having to take breaks. Flash fiction may be short, but I've learned that when it's done right, the content is ever more potent. Cooper is a master of this form. Her language is filled with sensual hues, economy and strength. As a writer, I have so much to learn from the way she portrays each character through scene and action. I will be turning to this as a writing resource for years to come.
This is one of those books that you read through quickly at first to soak in as many of the beautiful descriptions, heart-melting stories and fascinating characters as possible, then read through again slowly, with more thought, to get every nuance you may have missed in the first reading. Deep, thoughtful and so very touching in its realness.
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