Anna Prushinskaya

A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother

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In A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother, Anna Prushinskaya explores the deep life shifts of pregnancy, birth and motherhood in the United States, a world away from the author’s Soviet homeland. Drawing from inspirations as various as midwife Ina May Gaskin, writer and activist Alice Walker, filmmaker Sophia Kruz and frontierswoman Caroline Henderson, Prushinskaya captures the inherent togetherness of motherhood alongside its accompanying estrangement. She plumbs the deeper waters of compassion, memory and identity, as well as the humorous streams of motherhood as they run up against the daily realities of work and the ever-present eye of social media. How will I return to my life? Prushinskaya asks, and answers by returning us to our own ordinary, extraordinary lives a little softer, a little wiser, and a little less certain of unascertainable things.
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75 printed pages
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2017

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    Daiana Mavleahas quotedlast year
    He would remember when he was past forty the dusty almost medieval smell of the screen itself as it / pressed its grid onto his face. She was behind him now This would be hard for you if you were weak / but you’re not weak, she said and neatened his little red wings and pushed him out the door.” Before becoming a mother, I thought of books as most-efficient compassion machines. Now I think that children are more
    Daiana Mavleahas quotedlast year
    When one is skin-to-skin with a baby, the membrane between humans, between one consciousness and another, is thin, seems permeable. The body of writing about motherhood, or feminism, is a body. As is the body of writing about pain and compassion. Women who exemplify pain are sometimes saints and sometimes witches; they are sometimes as ordinary as a mother.
    Daiana Mavleahas quotedlast year
    worse, more compassion or less? More selfishness? I have been self-assessing. When I do not mind caring for my son and I am exhausted, and when I do. When I hoard my time with him, and when I run away.
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