Published by New Issues
  • Winner of the AWP Prize for the Novel
  • Finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize

Motherlunge   is an eloquent and irreverent novel about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry; it’s about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It’s motherly advice, too—featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine—a guide to the essential experiences of being female, “born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight,” waiting for the future to arrive. With sly wit and surprising joy, Motherlunge considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.