This is not only a wonderfully written book, but I think it may also be a book of great salvation for many women. Most of the mothers I know (the honest ones, the tired ones, the confused ones) will see themselves reflected in these wise pages, and will find long-overdue comfort here.
I have often felt that it is impossible to be a mother without a profound, even corrosive, sense of failure, or at least that's how I feel about myself. To find a book that shares that anxiety, and an author who dissects this insecurity and self-doubt with wit, honesty and proper, enquiring intelligence, is (as a reader) like being grossly dehydrated and being presented with a vat of water to drink... I want to be in the company of her frank intelligence forever.
Many find Waldman's honesty hard to take. For some of us it's hard to live without.
Absorbing reading... takes brave risks... What really makes Waldman's book interesting, as voices of motherhood go, is Waldman herself - the intensity of her positions and the way she thinks.
Waldman is a corageous and talented writer. Her greatest accomplishment in this book is to take her experience - some of our worst fears - and make it something we can understand. ...Isn't that a mother's real job?