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  • Don't Forget to Scream

  • Unspoken Truths About Motherhood
  • By: Marianne Levy
  • Narrated by: Marianne Levy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

Until I had my first child, and this is to my shame, I had little understanding of just how much mothers are hidden, their stories unspoken, even as they cross the street in plain sight.  

Like grief or falling in love, becoming a mother is an experience both ordinary and transformative. But alongside the sleeplessness and wonder, the extent to which it can be profoundly destabilising can come as a shock. Almost 20 years on from Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work and Anne Enright's Making Babies comes a frank, funny and fearless exploration of what it means to become a mother that confronts the psychological shifts that can overturn a woman's sense of self. It aims to break the silence around the emotional turmoil that having a child can unleash and asks why motherhood is at once so venerated and so undervalued.

Marianne Levy tells the real story of being a mother in the modern world. Bold, humane and uncompromising, she writes with dazzling honesty about love and loss, rage and pain, heartache and joy. This is a book that mothers will be glad to have listened to—and will need everyone else to listen to it too.

©2022 Marianne Levy (P)2022 Phoenix

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Just about OK

This should have been exactly my kind of book. Mummy aged 35 with two children under 3, obsessed with all things birth and maternity and womanhood. There were some good bits and some very moving bits in here. The author exposed herself which was brave. And there might have been a good couple of essays or op eds in here, but sadly there isn’t enough content for a book. It left me feeling disappointed. The narration was eloquent but a little too slow, a little too soppy. I listened to the end because I don’t like to leave things unfinished but I can’t say that I found the book enjoyable overall or that I would recommend it.