Mother & Child

Carole Maso (Author)


A mediation on life and death, being and non-being, and the intense mystery and beauty of existence, Maso's new novel follows a mother and child as they roam through wondrous and increasingly dangerous psychic and physical terrain A great wind comes, an ancient tree splits in half and a bat, or is it an angel, enters the house where the mother and child sleep, and in an instant a world of relentless change, of spectacular consequences, of submerged memory, and uncanny intimations is set into motion.

It is as if a veil has lifted, and what was once hidden is now in plain sight in all its splendor and terror as the mother and child are asked to bear enormous transformations and a terrible wisdom almost impossible to fathom. As the outside can no longer be separated from the inside, nor dream from reality, the mother and child continue, encountering along the way all kinds of characters and creatures as they move through a surreal world of grace and dread to the end.

The bond between Mother and Child is untouchable, unrealizable until it is lost, and this meditation pushes the envelope, inching ever closer to touching it, to realizing it.

Product Details

$26.00  $23.92
Counterpoint LLC
Publish Date
June 26, 2012
6.46 X 0.98 X 9.29 inches | 1.19 pounds
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About the Author

Carole Maso is the author of seven books including The Art Lover, Ghost Dance, and Break Every Rule. She is a professor of English at Brown University.


Praise for Mother and Child

"This plotless but not directionless novel beautifully contemplates the treachery of the world that motherhood exposes, and the child's ignorance of it."--Publisher Weekly

Praise for The Art Lover

"The tough-mindedness, originality and wit of her perceptions are intoxicating." -Publishers Weekly

"By giving the conflicts in her life a fictional context, she tries to bring order and beauty - and some degree of understanding - to chaos." -Library Journal

Fully coherent, moving and elegiac, a genuine consolation. -The New York Times Book Review

Heartbreakingly perfect...A dazzling second book and an almost impossible act to follow. - San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for Room Lit by Roses

"In lush, elliptical language, Maso charts her first experience with pregnancy and new motherhood in a journal that reads like prose poetry, couching the mysterious experience in surprising forms, syntaxes and imagery... her dreamlike treatment of pregnancy, birth, mothering and writing should enchant mothers, mothers-to-be and writers with a poetic bent." -Publisher's Weekly