Black Milk: On the Conflicting Demands of Writing, Creativity, and Motherhood

Black Milk: On the Conflicting Demands of Writing, Creativity, and Motherhood (Paperback)

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Turkish novelist Elif Shafak shares her story about writing, womanhood, marriage, and parenting. She writes about the inner conflict between living her true love of writing, and making room for everything else. --Christina


A thoughtful and incisive meditation on literature, motherhood, and spiritual wellbeing from Turkey's leading female author

After the birth of her first child, Elif Shafak experienced a profound personal crisis. Plagued by guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about her new maternal role, the acclaimed novelist stopped writing for the first time in her life. As she plummeted into post-partum depression, Shafak looked to the experiences of other prominent female writers—including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker—for help navigating the conflict between motherhood and artistic creation in a male-dominated society. Searingly honest, eloquent, and unexpectedly humorous, Black Milk will be widely embraced by writers, academics, and anyone who has undergone the identity crisis engendered by being a mother.

About the Author

Elif Shafak is the author of several novels and has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona. Married with two children, Shafak divides her time between London and Istanbul.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0143121081
ISBN-13: 9780143121084
Published: Penguin Books, 07/31/2012
Pages: 288
Language: English