With a poet's turn of phrase and an artist's eye for detail, Noteboom captures the joys and sorrows of her daughter's first year in The Mongoose Diaries.
Born in Iowa, Erin Noteboom resides in Kitchener, Ontario, where she works as an editor for The New Quarterly, leads workshops, and writes. Her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, PRISM international, and Prairie Fire. She won the CBC Literary Award in 2001, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award in 2004 and was awarded the Acorn/Plantor Award for People's Poetry for her debut collection, Ghost Maps: Poems for Carl Hruska.
"It's a beautiful, unsentimental and complicated depiction of life with a new baby, all the awful bound up with a pummelling love that is often more pummel than love." - Pickle Me This
"Whether discussing her libido, which may be lost under the laundry, or how the sea stripped even the rings from her sister's fingers, The Mongoose Diaries is a courageous, funny and captivating work." - Lesley's Book Nook
"As is crucial to the life-writing that seeks to win the trust of its audience, Noteboom's account balances self-confidence with self-doubt, and joys alongside disappointments." - Prairie Fire