Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within

Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within

Elif Shafak


An acclaimed Turkish novelist's own account of balancing a writer's lifestyles with a mother's existence.

After the start of her first baby in 2006, Turkish author Elif Shafek suffered from postpartum melancholy that prompted a profound own difficulty. Infused with guilt, nervousness, and bewilderment approximately no matter if she may possibly ever be an excellent mom, Shafak stopped writing and misplaced her religion in phrases altogether. during this elegantly written memoir, she retraces her trip from free-spirited, nomadic artist to committed via emotionally wrought mom. picking a always bickering harem of ladies who stay inside her, each one together with her personal characteristics-the cynical highbrow, the goal-oriented go-getter, the practical-rational, the non secular, the maternal, and the lustful-she craves concord, or a minimum of a unifying identification. As she intersperses her personal event with the lives of famous authors reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, Ayn Rand, and Zelda Fitzgerald, Shafak seems to be for an answer to the inherent clash among inventive production and liable parenting.

With searing emotional honesty and an incisive exam of cultural mores inside patriarchal societies, Shafak has rendered an immense paintings approximately literature, motherhood, and religious health.

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