Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn Davies

34275229In a series of essays, rather than a chronological narrative, Dawn Davies illuminates the mundane and unique corners of her life as an unsettled child, an unhappy wife, a dating single mom, a proud and beleaguered mother and a writer.

The opening piece, “Night Swim,” lyrically describes Davies’ daughters swimming, even as she imagines the difficulties their lives will encounter. “Keeping the Faith,” recounts a tragic accident she witnessed with poignant and sobering detail.  “Mothers of Sparta,” details the struggles she has endured raising her autistic and sociopathic son. 

Some of the essays are harrowing, describing unmanageable medical ailments, crippling anxiety, abandonment, accidental death, sudden poverty, and helplessness. Other essays are funny and self-deprecating showing wit and humour.   At times lyrical and poetic, they are always vivid, honest and insightful.

- submitted by Karole-Anne