The Blue Jay's Dance
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The Blue Jay's Dance : A Birth Year

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Intimate, honest and generous meditations on the delicate balance of mothering a baby and maintaining an artistic life, from the celebrated novelist and poet."Observant, tender and honest." "--New York Times Book Review"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061767972
  • 9780061767975
  • 329,660

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Louise Erdrich's first major work of nonfiction, The Blue Jay's Dance, brilliantly and poignantly examines the joys and frustrations, the compromises and insights, and the difficult struggles and profound emotional satisfactions the acclaimed author experienced in the course of one twelve-month period--from a winter pregnancy through a spring and summer of new motherhood to her return to writing in the fall. In exquisitely lyrical prose, Erdrich illuminates afresh the large and small events that every parent will recognize and appreciate.

"Moving, memorable. . . . A book that breaks ground."--Boston Sunday Globe

"Pregnancy, birth, and caring for an infant inspire Erdrich's reflections on being a woman, a mother, and a writer. . . . [She] transforms the mundane into a paean to the mystery and wonder of the creative force, and a celebration of family, nature, and memory."--People

"What Erdrich does so masterfully is tie together all the strings of her life. . . . All these strings tie her to the rest of us."--Detroit Free Press
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"Observant, tender and honest."-- "New York Times Book Review""Erdrich writes against the domestic, against the history of clich's the subject of birthing a baby is certainly burdened with. . .against this culture's infantilization of women before, during and after giving birth, against the secrets kept--the terror of and hunger for the deepest physical attachment--Erdrich holds up an articulate strength. Moving, memorable. . .A book that breaks ground."-- "Boston Sunday Globe""What Erdrich does so masterfully is tie together all the strings of her life--as a mother and a wife, as a writer, as a creature of nature, as a human being without profound thoughts. All these strings tie her to the rest of us."-- "Detroit Free Press""Pregnancy, birth and caring for an infant inspire Erdrich's reflections on being a woman, a mother and a writer in this affecting memoir of a daughter's first years. Erdrich transforms the mundane into a paean to the mystery and wonder of the creative force, and a celebration of family, and wonder of the creative force, and a celebration of family, nature and memory."-- "People magazine"
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1,104 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (386)
3 26% (291)
2 6% (65)
1 2% (18)
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