Mothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

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Melbourne University Publishing, Apr 1, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of this transformation?
Mothermorphosis is a collection of essays on the experience as told by some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers.
In these stories we read about the yearning for a child, the private and public expressions of love, identity in the face of motherhood, gratitude, pride, celebration and loss.
Ultimately we learn that there is no one version of this epic story, no one tale that could ever speak for all, and no one way of encapsulating the experience. However, in reading other women's experiences, the hard bits, the ridiculous bits, we can only become more compassionate, not just to other mothers but hopefully to ourselves.

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About the author (2015)

Monica Dux is a columnist with The Age, a social commentator and author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting), and co-author of The Great Feminist Denial. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women's issues. You can find her at or on twitter @monicadux

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