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Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life

Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life

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Written by Faulkner FoxAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Faulkner Fox

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
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  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • On Sale: November 16, 2004
  • Price: $12.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-4940-0 (1-4000-4940-7)
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In Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life, a provocative memoir of motherhood, Faulkner Fox explores the root causes of her unhappiness as a modern mother, as well as the often demoralizing societal and cultural forces with which American mothers must contend.

From the time of her first pregnancy, Fox found herself--and her body--scrutinized by doctors, friends, strangers, and, perhaps most of all, herself. In addition to the significant social pressures of raising the perfect child and being the perfect mother, Fox also found herself increasingly incensed by the unequal distribution of household labor and infuriated by the gender inequity in both her home and others’. And though she loves her children and her husband passionately, is thankful for her bountiful middle-class life, and feels wracked with guilt for being unhappy, she just can’t seem to experience the sense of satisfaction that she thought would come with the package.

Fox's memoir gives voice to the fear, confusion, and isolation experienced by many new mothers, mapping the terrain of contemporary domesticity, marriage, and motherhood in a style that is candid, irreverent, and deeply personal, while always chronicling the unparalleled joy she and other mothers take in their children.