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Between Interruptions : Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood edited by Cori Howard
Published by Key Porter Books
Pages: 328
Buy It: Amazon Kindle | Author’s Website – Print Copy
Publishers Summary:

Most mothers don’t have time for long conversations. They may want them, crave them, begin them again and again, but they are constantly interrupted by kids, partners, work and the day-to-day of busy lives. Between Interruptions is a remarkable collection of original essays by Canadian writers that explores what is unspoken, cut off or lost in those interrupted conversations. Between Interruptions asks what becomes of us when our children’s lives interrupt our own. What prayers, what cries, what taboo thoughts are suddenly left unspoken? Marina Jimenez struggles with her decision to return to her job as a journalist—in a war zone. Carrie-Anne Moss lets us into her home during her self-imposed, forty-day seclusion after the birth of her first son. Chantal Kreviazuk learns to surrender to the limitations of motherhood. Joanna Streetly struggles to find a balance between protecting and letting go. Elizabeth Renzetti and Karrina Onstad search for friends in mommyland. And Estee Klar-Wolfond finds perfection in autism. Provocative, funny and honest, Between Interruptions highlights the differences and similarities between mothers today and generations past. It is, without a doubt, a conversation worth having.

Life after children is often something that takes most women completely by surprise. No matter the classes attended, books read and advice from friends nothing ever fully prepares you for those days of self-discovery. In Between Interruptions mothers from all walks of life share their honest and open experiences about this ever changing territory. Their stories range from hilarious to introspective, but their overarching theme remains the same…motherhood is an undiscovered country with a constantly changing environment that requires no less than what each mother has to offer, individually, for their own children and family.

Between Interruptions was a book I picked up because, well, I’m a mother. It goes without saying that I had an immediate interest in relating to other mothers who may have potentially been in my very shoes. As the publishers summary states, “most mothers don’t have time for long conversations”, and perhaps that’s part of the reason why I read so much. Reading is easily accessible, easy to stop and pick up, and it’s something I enjoy promoting to my children. That being said I love the opportunity to gather with friends and fellow mothers to chat about anything from our children to politics (yes, politics). So Between Interruptions was a no-brainer for me and I’m glad I picked it up.

Though I didn’t relate to or even connect with all or many of the mothers in the book I was still able to appreciate each of their stories individually. Before having children I think I was as naive as most of the women in the book, thinking that parenting would be a breeze. I’d simply tote along kiddos to whatever function or I’d get a sitter when needed. Well, surprise surprise my children completely changed the landscape of my life. The Turkeybird, though delightful and one of the two greatest blessings I’ve ever received was/is much more difficult than I could have imagined. He didn’t sleep through the night until almost nine months old, at eighteen months devoured books like candy leaving me at a loss as to how to stimulate him and certainly wasn’t interested in interacting with other children let alone a sitter. His medical diagnosis of Hyperlexia seemed to only bring more questions than answers. All of this aside, I became and am still becoming a different person than I ever thought I’d be. Though it’s been the most difficult transition of my life, motherhood is something I’m growing into and allowing myself to swim in.

Many of the stories that I connected with the most in Between Interruptions were much like my own. For example Carol Shaben’s story and how she related her life to the birth of her son by C-Section was inspiring. She quotes the words of famous American artist Charles DuBois toward the end of her essay:

“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment be able to sacrifice what we are for what we want to be.” (p. 59, Between Interruptions by Cori Howard)

It’s not the first time I’d read the quote, but in the context and feeling connected to this other mother I’ve never met before it became something more. It was stories like Carol’s that gave me that feeling that I’m not alone in this effort, which most of the time is all we need as mothers. A kind word, a phone call, an email or a short story from someone who knows the complexities surrounding the world we live in today as mothers. Now, obviously not all of these stories were like this and some of them quite honestly irritated me. Many of the writers were former journalists either in print or television media of some sort and many lived a life I only dreamed about. That being said, another thing I’ve learned since becoming a mother is to be less judgmental, to know that no one’s experience is the same and certainly of no less value than my own. Though perhaps I didn’t connect with all of the mothers I did connect with quite a few and I absolutely learned something from each one.

Between Interruptions by Cori Howard is a wonderful collection of essays that sheds light on the often difficult but joyous experiences of motherhood. With the demands we place on each other in this day and time mothers need connection, a shoulder to rest on and a listening ear. Each of the stories contained in Between Interruptions will leave readers with a sense of understanding and a feeling of peace knowing they aren’t alone in their experiences. As a mother who is still on her journey to becoming, it was wonderful to find these connections I have with fellow women for one reason or another and I’d certainly recommend Between Interruptions to friends and fellow mothers.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Perfect for mothers with children of all ages. You’ll laugh and reflect on your own experiences as you read about the lives of these incredible mothers.

Find Between Interruptions : Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood edited by Cori Howard at the following spots:
Amazon Kindle | Author’s Website – Print Copy | Goodreads

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7 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Between Interruptions edited by Cori Howard

  1. Book Review and Giveaway: Between Interruptions edited by Cori Howard: Between Interruptions : Thirty Wo… #kidlit

  2. O wow. This sounds good. While I too am not sure I will connect with these moms, it does sound like it will make me think. Should I enter? Do you think I would like it?

    You’re right when you say, “Surprise surprise my children completely changed the landscape of my life.”
    How true. It’s sometimes hard to put into words how completely it all changes. And I’m a newbie so I’m sure I’m seeing the beginning.

    Oh and I completely agree with you when you said, “t. That being said, another thing I’ve learned since becoming a mother is to be less judgmental, to know that no one’s experience is the same and certainly of no less value than my own.” Already I’m learning that each woman is different and each child is different so each experience is unique. But one thing unites us, no matter how smart, brilliant, or experienced we are in the rest of our lives – we all enter parenthood as novices doing our best to do right by our kids.

    Hyperlexia (I had to Google it) sounds tough. *hug* I had no idea.

    • It was a really good read and what I did so that it didn’t overwhelm me was read a couple of the essays a day. It was thoroughly engrossing, even if I didn’t connect with that specific mom. I think you’d definitely enjoy it over time and maybe even more once Baby Whimsy is just a little bit older, toddler stage most likely.

      Yes! If someone (maybe they did) told me that things would have changed as drastically as they have since having my children I never would have believed them. Mostly likely I nodded and went about my business. It’s something I’ve learned never stops changing either, just when I think I’ve got it down something else pops up. It’s crazy! That’s not always a bad thing, but it definitely keeps me on my toes. 🙂

      I love what you said though about us all being novices doing our best because that’s exactly it. No child is the same, no parent is the same and all of us live in completely different circumstances. Even if our economic situation may be similar to another parent our experiences are still so very different, but it’s fun to know we can still connect with each other & support one another.

      And Thank You! Yep…Hyperlexia. That’s why the Turkeybird could read when he was already 18 months old and we were dirt poor. It was a difficult time, but fortunately he’s on the lighter end of the spectrum and most of his social skills have improved greatly since he was a toddler. 🙂

  3. A wonderful collection of essays for #moms: Between Interruptions edited by Cori Howard, My #review & #giveaway:

  4. I feel it often sounds condescending to say that people without kids “just don’t get it” but at the same time I feel that it’s so true. You can’t understand the blessings and burdens of being a parent until you are one. At least, that’s my opinion. 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    • I understand what you’re saying. It’s a tough situation because it really is one of those things you have to really experience to fully comprehend. 🙂

      Thanks for having me on the tour!

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