Review of ‘Four Mothers’

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You might think you understand motherhood, but after reading R.J. Crayton’s Four Mothers: Four Short Stories Focused on Mothers in Crises you’ll probably have second thoughts. The author gives us four stories about mothers and the different way they deal with crisis in their lives—women, who the author says, make parenting decisions that have significant consequences for their children.

This extremely well-written collection is actually five stories. It includes a bonus story, ‘Lynch Party,’ which is she claims is not about a mother’s decision, but in fact is. The only thing that sets Mrs. Lynch in this story apart from people such as Bitsy Wellsworth in ‘Almost Perfect’ is that she is not the focal point character. Nonetheless, her decision to include a lifelike figure as a piñata in her child’s birthday party has the potential to significantly impact not only her children, but everyone around her.

Some of these stories will give you the chills, others will bring tears, but all will have a profound emotional impact long after you stop reading. Crayton is a master of the short story and this collection of her work should be next on your to-read list. Five stars!

Review of ‘Mother of all Meltdowns’

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If your image of ‘mother’ is Beaver Cleaver’s mom, June, you’re probably not going to like Mother of all Meltdowns. A collection of 30 essays, by women who also happen to be mothers and bloggers, Meltdown talks about those times in every parent’s life when the poop encounters the oscillating blades – adult tantrums, more accurately, Mommy Tantrums. Unless you’re a parent from another universe, you will find an incident in this beautifully collection that you can identify with, or have lived through. I read this book on the first warm day of the year, when I was in a good mood, and found it an interesting and entertaining read.

These stories are too strange to be made up, and each writer’s voice comes through clearly. If you’re not a parent yet, this might give you pause. If you’re a parent already, you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone.

On top of everything else, it’s funny. I promise you, once you read it, you’ll never view motherhood the same way again.