Black Milk

Black Milk : On the Conflicting Demands of Writing, Creativity, and Motherhood

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A thoughtful and incisive meditation on literature, motherhood, and spiritual wellbeing from Turkey's leading female author

After the birth of her first child, Elif Shafak experienced a profound personal crisis. Plagued by guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about her new maternal role, the acclaimed novelist stopped writing for the first time in her life. As she plummeted into post-partum depression, Shafak looked to the experiences of other prominent female writers--including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker--for help navigating the conflict between motherhood and artistic creation in a male-dominated society. Searingly honest, eloquent, and unexpectedly humorous, Black Milk will be widely embraced by writers, academics, and anyone who has undergone the identity crisis engendered by being a mother.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 267 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143121081
  • 9780143121084
  • 356,042

About Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is the author of several novels and has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona. Married with two children, Shafak divides her time between London and Istanbul.
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