Elif Shafak

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Black Milk

book | Non-Fiction | 2007
World → Dogan ve Egmont
US & Canada → Viking (Ed. Paul Slovak)
Turkish title: Siyah Sut

On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within

After the birth of her first child in 2006, Turkish writer Elif Shafak suffered from postpartum depression that triggered a profound personal crisis. Infused with guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about whether she could ever be a good mother, Shafak stopped writing and lost her faith in words altogether.

In this elegantly written memoir, she retraces her journey from free-spirited, nomadic artist to dedicated but emotionally wrought mother. Identifying a constantly bickering harem of women who live inside of her, each with her own characteristics-the cynical intellectual, the goal-oriented go-getter, the practical-rational, the spiritual, the maternal, and the lustful-she craves harmony, or at least a unifying identity. As she intersperses her own experience with the lives of prominent authors such as Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, Ayn Rand, and Zelda Fitzgerald, Shafak looks for a solution to the inherent conflict between artistic creation and responsible parenting.

With searing emotional honesty and an incisive examination of cultural mores within patriarchal societies, Shafak has rendered an important work about literature, motherhood, and spiritual well-being.
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Reviews

A truly Western feminist voice within a region of engrained patriarchy: Elif Shafak is clear-eyed, savvy, unrepentant. Publishers Weekly

5 Minutes for Books: The Difficulties of Motherhood in <em>Black Milk</em>
In describing her own particular journey, Elif Shafak has described us all. Elizabeth D. Jones
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Beautifully rendered, Shafak's Black Milk is an epic poem to women everywhere.

Colleen Mondor
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