An excellent book, full of substance and going well beyond cliche, the author is Julie Phillips and the subtitle is Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem. Strikingly unsentimental, it covers women writers who balanced (or didn’t balance) their creative urges with their child-rearing responsibilities. Excerpt:
Grace Hartigan married at nineteen and had her son the same year, 1941. In 1975 she said:
“My son bitterly opposed my painting. He would stay after school and would come in at five o’clock, look at me, and say: “I know, you have been painting again.” When he got to be twelve and his father had remarried, I sent him to California. I have never seen him since. It is a very bitter relationship.”
I especially enjoyed the chapters on Doris Lessing, Ursula Le Guin, and Angela Carter. Will make the year’s “Best Non-Fiction” list.