From the first story to the last, this collection is a punch to the gut. Here you will not find stories of familial interaction to elicit the warm fuzzies. Exploring the deeply essential ways that parents influence their children, Arimah offers these devastating shorts, often reading as allegory. You will find here examples of how mothers can quite literally create and destroy their children, especially their daughters. Some do this knowingly and willingly; some unintentionally. But perhaps it is not all the mother's fault. Perhaps it is the cultural and social expectations and norms inflicted on women, and therefore mothers, that are the real perpetrators of violence, hate, jealousy, and fear.
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