The essays delve into Slater's troubled childhood and the affect that it had on her desire (or lack thereof) to get married and have children. But get married she did. And then later, the children came. Slater also writes about her battle with mental illness, the affects of her mastectomy, the perks and perils of being a working mother, and growing old.
Slater is an excellent writer. She really has a way with words, and her essays are coupled with personal anecdotes and researched facts about the topic at hand. I think that my non-fiction writing professor would LOVE Lauren Slater's writing.
Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother is published by Beacon Press and is available to purchase today. I received a free advance review copy at Book Expo America with no obligation to write a review.