Nights of no sleep, steeped in equal parts love, resentment and bodily fluids. The most intense tenderness warring with the deepest despair. The biggest question on a new mother’s mind: WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME IT WOULD BE LIKE THIS? Marni Jackson’s touching, funny and provocative journey through the terra incognita of motherhood will help you survive it and won’t let you forget. Ten years after its first publication, The Mother Zone is still fresh, still original, still the one book that every mother (and father) needs.
Marni Jackson, one of Canada's most respected writers of non-fiction, has received numerous awards for feature-writing, columns and humour. A regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, Jackson lives in Toronto with her family.
“Marni Jackson’s acclaimed memoir of motherhood, [is] the first book, in many women’s experience, to accurately and honestly describe the foreign territory of raising a child…. Jackson has written an afterword for the new edition … reminding us all, as if we needed a reminder, why we loved the book so much in the first place.” -- National Post
“[A]n exuberant, generous-hearted book about the experience of motherhood and the impact of that experience on her life and work … The writing is intelligent, reflective and touchingly brave...Jackson possesses a novelist’s eye and ear.” -- Carol Shields, The Globe and Mail
“An intimate look at an evolving relationship and a startlingly honest self-portrait of an intelligent woman growing older and wiser....Jackson makes a major contribution towards restoring the dignity that mothering children deserves.” -- Maclean’s
“A witty and honest account of the strange isolation, the mingled joys and madness of motherhood…funny, tough and relentless, pushing each thought as far as she can bear.” -- The Toronto Star
"It is hard to find anything that conveys the complex emotional truth about being a mother -- the rage, the tenderness, the loss of self, the paralyzing fear, the numbing drudgery… The exception may be… The Mother Zone… This book, with its humour, depth and compassion, could be a long-overdue manifesto for mothers, the beginning of an undeclared revolution." -- The Ottawa Citizen