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At seven hours long, the audiobook was on the shorter side and I could happily have listened to another two hours at least. This is not a quick, tear-through-it book, but it is remarkable at answering what being a mother feels like. Some beautiful writing and captures moments in motherhood so well, but overall I don’t relate to the author and I find some of it a bit needlessly melodramatic.

And it details how Clover, the mother of five children aged from one to seventeen, has navigated motherhood across two decades, both losing and finding herself. And the love you have for your children can be a stressful, violent kind of love and I wish that was talked about more.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. At times I felt it a touch melodramatic and exaggerating in a chaotic negative fashion, but for a lot of it that worked and probably wasn't too far off the reality. Ale možná jsem jen zbytečně kritická, určitě jsou tam i světlé momenty (aneb třeba se k tomu vrátím, až sama někdy budu mít děti).

Unflinching, brutally honest, just as Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work was and no book has been since, but with a wholly different tone and story to tell - this is a book for all mothers, from those just exploring the idea to those who have just given birth but also those whose children are beginning to leave: it is a lyrical, funny, painful, sexy, moving and consoling look at the tension that exists between wanting to be a good mother, while holding on to the person with all the desires and longings you had before. My Wild and Sleepless Nights explores what it means to be a mother: the way that children and motherhood changes women - both strengthening and weakening a woman's sense of identity. With rare exceptions such as bank holidays, the book group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7. Stroud was incredibly raw, honest and emotional with the reader throughout her book where sometimes it was to the point of being uncomfortable.She is currently living in Washington DC with her husband and the youngest three of her five children. The agony of early breastfeeding, too, is offset by the “pure liquid heaven” hormones that course through her, which she compares to the effect of heroin. As someone with a huge maternal instinct, passion for working with children and life long aim of being a mother, I find anything about motherhood to be really interesting. I read it because my friend recommended it to me and I’m glad she did because I did identify with various aspects of the main character.

However, as I started in on reading the book I was almost immediately taken in by Stroud's ability to describe everything so viscerally. However, now I feel like I need to read a book that tells me just how wonderful motherhood is or when it isn't how to regain a sense of self ! For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. as a busy mum myself I prefer to read something that overall lifts my mood and reminds me, overall, how really really lucky I am to be a mum. When someone gives her new baby a stuffed toy monkey, she longs to surround him with more ancient and serious things: the Bible, The Complete Works of Shakespeare.Elizabeth Gilbert is quoted as saying of this book: “Every time a woman tells the truth like this, it sets another woman free” and I couldn’t agree more.

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