We started with the little things: scraps of junk, things of no import or stuff we could do without. But soon we had to burn the things we needed, the things we loved. By the end, we let go of just about everything around us we held dear. We tossed it into the flames and watched it smolder.
So begins my story on the Siege of Sarajevo, out in the fall issue of Carve Magazine here, along with the award-winning stories from the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Continue reading
Every one of these stories is about the descent into the depths, the belief that these mothers feel alone and at fault, and then their recovery. Each story has power on its own, but the essay collection as a whole really drives home to me how many women suffer, how similar their suffering is, and how it’s a tragedy that they think they are the only ones going through this and it is theirs alone to bear.” ~ Lisa Belkin, author and journalist
As a contributor to the newest anthology by The HerStories Project, I hope these stories bring hope and healing to mothers who might feel overwhelmed or alone in their struggles. Mothering Through the Darkness: Women Open Up About the Postpartum Experience is forthcoming in November by She Writes Press. Check out the contributor bios here; to pre-order the anthology, please use this link.