Motherlunge MOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex true love chronic sibling rivalry it s about the deepest fear of young and not so young adulthood the fear of inheriting a disap

  • Title: Motherlunge
  • Author: Kirstin Scott
  • ISBN: 9781936970117
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • MOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry it s about the deepest fear of young and not so young adulthood the fear of inheriting a disappointing life It s motherly advice, too featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine a guide to the essential experiences of being female, born unto a librarian, namedMOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry it s about the deepest fear of young and not so young adulthood the fear of inheriting a disappointing life It s motherly advice, too featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine a guide to the essential experiences of being female, born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight, waiting for the future to arrive With sly wit and surprising joy, MOTHERLUNGE considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.

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    1. This book is very well written, a book about two sisters, trying to find love and themselves in all kinds of ways. I just really had a hard time connecting with this book. There are some funny parts, many keen observations but the writer should have trusted her readers to get it a little more. At times I felt I was being force fed some of these same observations, thoughts. I also at times found these sisters to be very selfish and self involved, which I will admit is my least favorite type of pe [...]

    2. The book in a nutshell: (view spoiler)[ My mother was really selfish and self-absorbed even though she was a mother, and it made me and my sister feel uncared for as children. My sister became a mother and she was still really selfish and self-absorbed. I'm pretty much the most self-absorbed ever, but I'm about to be a mother so I figure that will solve all of my self-obsession.(hide spoiler)]The writing itself is interesting, I like the style and the cleverness. But I am a little sick of books [...]

    3. What a voice! Scott can make even something as mundane as recycling interesting to read about, and I love her dark sense of humor. This is a story about motherhood, yes, but also about being a sister, and a daughter in a highly dysfunctional family. And there were all kinds of nuggets of wisdom which I felt compelled to post to Facebook or tweet, but did not. For example: "First, everyone says As Long as She's Healthy. Then, As Long as She's Happy. As if these are modest hopes, reasonable bargai [...]

    4. Taking Care of Your Genetic MaterialMotherlunge by Kirstin Scottby David G. PaceOriginally appeared in 15 Bytes Magazine: artistsofutah/15Bytes/indeThe phrase “taking care of your genetic material” first appears in Kirsten Scott’s smart debut novel Motherlunge through a father talking warningly to his son as the son begins to date seriously. But in the gynecological world of this novel where the female body is relentlessly inscribed with the bio-/medical terminology of a textbook, the “m [...]

    5. What I loved most about this novel was the way Scott finds humor and joy in unexpected places . . . and with sharp and lovely prose. I laughed out loud; I cried (I still think about those Judith and Walter pages!); I smirked; I was dazzled; I couldn't stop reading . . . A great book to kick off 2013!

    6. What an amazing book. The writing is witty and vivid, and the characters are oddly endearing. This story has so much life; I felt every emotion--laughing out loud at the irony and awkwardness of being human, crying over the realities of complex and real relationships.

    7. I read this book overnight wondering how Scott came to be this smart, this funny, this wise. Such a well crafted book. One of my all time favorites.

    8. Mothers, daughters, and mental illness - sounds depressing, but this author writes about it with love and insight.

    9. This was an odd book. I got a little confused by the constant change of characters and points of views. There were some parts I related to- the insecurities of the protagonist, the raw emotion of damaged relationships with your parents, and the love of your children. there were other things that I was not as clear on such as the impending mental illness adventure of the sister.

    10. Sharp and witty. Subtly funny, to the point that you have to read some sentences twice to get the full effect. I really connected to this book and the main character's struggle with family dysfunction, sibling rivalry, and always yearning for something more.

    11. This was kind of weird. People did inexplicable or stupid things, but in a way that made the book more realistic.

    12. I read this book in a day. It was so interesting and I had no idea where it was going, so it really kept me turning the pages. This is a dysfunctional family story like no other I've read. It's so deeply introspective with loads of tension regarding the two sisters and their possible dissent into mental illness. It's hard not to believe that someone lived this reality. If it's completely fictional, then I think Kirstin Scott is even more of a genius. I kept wanting to call this book, MotherLUNG, [...]

    13. Motherlunge is a beautiful first offering from local author Kirstin Scott. This is a sweet and painful look at what it means to be a woman, a sister, a daughter, and a mother. The plunge into motherhood, specifically, is transformative. It’s difficult enough to learn how to negotiate all the roles that one plays in life, but the prospect of an imminent newborn life offers a heightened sense of these roles.Thea has always considered her sister, Pavia, to be the pretty and successful one. When s [...]

    14. I LOVED her language and her voice was spectacular, quirky and totally believable. It's a strangely two-toned storyI found myself liking the characters and then completely NOT liking them. Perhaps, it was those revealed parts of them that were distasteful that I recognized mostly in myself. I suppose that is the mark of great writing, and great characters.While I was happy to read this, I was not eager to get back to it the way I hope to be. The story was lazy and flat throughout the middle, wit [...]

    15. First of all, I can understand why this book won a major novel award.(AWP)Hard to believe that this is a first novel, more more accomplished than that.The voice is strong, funny and wise. THe style is lyric. It is an immensely ambitious novel in which the author's intertwined characters and plot lay out their desperate hope for happiness and fulfillment in lives that are believably ordinary.Scott is outrageous at times but you trust her.Believe me, you are in the middle of the the lives of two s [...]

    16. I read this in two days in spite of not wanting it to end. Normally I don't read aloud passages to my husband but there were several heartrending and eloquent passages. ("Fine," he'd said, and the syllable was deep with fury and ringing with unalloyed joy. He had it at last: permission to leave.") I laughed and I cried. This is a novel to be savoured. Pearls of wisdom kept cropping up in the midst of ludicrousness. Isn't that how life is most of the time? Scott is no stranger to absurdity yet so [...]

    17. At its core, Motherlunge is a novel of longing. Kirsten Scott has written characters who so profoundly feel an absence in their lives, yet despite this yearning, they have difficulty with moving forward. Filled with fierce, difficult love, the story still does not let itself become bogged down with excessive melancholy, and it is an immensely satisfying read.(The full review can be found at Gently Read Literature.)

    18. I did not love this book, just barely liked it. The story was okay but the writing was unusual and I got distracted with some vulgarity and language.If the book is otherwise excellent, I can usually get past that - but not this time. I didn't realize until I was done that this is a local (SLC) author. This was just a "" recommendation, no one I know has read this. I was glad it was short - and "over"~This book I bought for my Kindle and I will remove it.

    19. I enjoyed this book. The voice of the narrator was compelling. The story was not particularly unique, in and of itself, but the writing and voice made the story engaging. I liked the shorter chapters in between the longer, more narrative chapters. They were quirky and unique. Basically, this book was the story of Thea and her family, mostly focused on her and her sister. It is written in Thea's voice to her child.

    20. My friend recommended this book by saying it had a similar feel to "Little Miss Sunshine". I'd forgotten that "Little Miss Sunshine" is mostly kinda depressing. It's actually a really well written book. It deserves more than three stars - it has interesting characters, is intriguing and is very well written. I only gave it three stars b/c I didn't actually enjoy it very much - so it's more of a reflection of what I wanted (something fun and interesting) than about the book.

    21. It's difficult to describe this book, but I would say that it is a story about life. Life's hindsight wisdom and lessons. The author's lyrical prose is impeccable. The main characters are 2 sisters and how their lives entangle in adulthood following an apathetic youth. The writing is so beautiful that it often reads as poetry.

    22. Loved it, loved it. Such fun writng and such true and sympathetic characters. Beautiful novel for anyone who is or is contemplating motherhood and for men looking for a true female point-of-view on sex, love and taking relationships to the next level.

    23. Interesting book about becoming a mother and exploring all that it means to be a good mother. Also an interesting look about what it means to pass on "undesirable genes" to one's child. This author uses metaphors better than almost any author I know.

    24. I just finished reading this with my book club last month. I loved it. The format was eloquent. The truthfulness and unique insight a breath of fresh air.

    25. For more than half of this book, I was unclear about where it was going. Then it became clear and it was more than worth it. I really liked this one.

    26. Insightful and real. The close look of the brokenness of the human experience and how we all need help sometimes was refreshing because it was portrayed in a real way.

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