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Paperback 6” x 9″
275 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-134-8


by Maggie Butler, Cheryl Gillespie, Jenny Radsma, Martha Rice & Jane Sloven

Five women writers enter their mothers’ worlds to tell their stories and unearth complex histories filled with love, laughter, trauma, courage, resilience, and determination. Their explorations lead the writers to a more compassionate acceptance of their mothers and themselves.

Written with heart and honesty, this anthology includes discussion questions and writing prompts for others wishing to make a similar journey.

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 We can spend most if not all of our lives taking for granted that our mothers are merely our mothers—not bothering to acknowledge and appreciate them beyond the one-dimensional roles we’ve assigned to them as such. But [these] talented writers have taken the time to delve into their mothers’ lives to discover and honor the full breadth of their womanhood, their motherhood, and the wonderful complexities of their humanity… feeling their mutual vulnerabilities and sorrows, joys and triumphs.
—Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet

A group of women met regularly to write their mothers’ stories, and what resulted was huge and beautiful. I was deeply moved by this book.
—Monica Wood, When We Were the Kennedys and The One-in-a-Million Boy

This is an exceptional read. The authors have created something new and startling here, a testimony of their own hearts and an invitation to all readers and writers…. This is a remarkable anthology, and even more remarkable in its generous invitation to all writers to make this same journey. —Meredith Hall, Without a Map: A Memoir



Maggie Butler: writer, psychotherapist, Moondance International Film Festival 2004 Best Screenplay Award winner, 2011 Maine Literary Award recipient.

Cheryl Grant Gillespie: writer for Bethel Living, English teacher.

Jenny Radsma: writer, professor of nursing.

Martha Rice: writer, actress, teacher, 2015 Maine Literary Award finalist.

 Jane Sloven, writer, psychotherapist, retired attorney, author, Termination of Benefits, 2018.

All authors have other publications to their names.

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