Stories of Motherhood, the latest title in Everyman’s Library’s Pocket Classics series, is a wonderful collection of short stories celebrating all aspects of motherhood, the most elemental of human relationships.
Published in time for Mother’s Day on 18 March, this beautifully packaged anthology gathers together more than a century of short fiction, ranging from lyrical to satirical, realistic to fantastic, and hilarious to heartbreaking. The diverse array of authors write memorably about mothers – having, leaving, loving and losing them - with authors including Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Munro, Willa Cather and Colm Toibin.
Lydia Davis and Harold Brodkey explore dizzying encounters between young mothers and their newborn babies, while Colm Tóibín and Lorrie Moore portray adult children grieving for their lost mothers. Ron Carlson probes the forging of a bond with an adopted infant; Barbara Kingsolver gives us a sparring mother-and-daughter pair whose overlapping pregnancies lead them to common ground, and Aimee Bender offers a loopy fable of maternal connection in which a woman gives birth to her own mother.
Stories of Motherhood is a unique gift book, promising high-quality literary fiction presented as a beautiful keepsake.