Edited by Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Cathy Stonehouse
Double Lives is a compelling collection of twenty-five personal literary essays about the challenges and synergies of pursuing the vocation and passion to write while having and raising children. From seasoned professionals to noteworthy new talents, the authors in this collection make a significant and illuminating contribution to our understanding of how writer and mother co-exist.
“The editors have thoughtfully gathered and ordered their stories. With each one, this moving anthology opens up and out, managing to be philosophical, pragmatic, nurturing, and intensely personal….It belongs in every mother-writers’ library….” – The Quill & Quire
“However difficult it may have been, [the contributors] did it and did it well. There are as many types of domestic situations depicted here as there are writing styles…. [V]ery personal and moving essays….” – The Globe & Mail
“…[I was] pleased to discover, when I opened the book, a sense of camaraderie with the women in the essays…. These women write about mopping up baby puke while conducting an interview, editing a book of poetry while a forgotten breast pump melts to a black lump on the stove, and forsaking writing for sleep, sleep for writing, both for mothering. Their voices are honest, humble and comforting for those who sometimes feel alone in a society that doesn’t always support parenting or artistic pursuits.” –Geist
“Double Lives is full of tales of mothers trying to eke out a writing career while raising, sometimes alone and on welfare, small children. Some of the stories are gruelling, the way birth stories tend to be — difficult to read, but equally difficult to put down…..[T]he mothers of Double Lives also talk about the creative rebirth that came with having children, the heightened awareness and the hyper efficiency. And more than that, these mothers seem compelled to write.” –Ottawa Citizen