Making Babies by Anne Enright
Stumbling into Motherhood

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...the way Enright, with all her caustic wit, embraces, well . . . is there an Irish expression for “the whole megillah”? She doesn’t so much seek the pleasure in motherhood as let it find her.
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"Much of the book is astonishingly funny; the rest would break your heart." —Colm Tóibín


Anne Enright is one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation. The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and her follow-up novel, The Forgotten Waltz, garnered universal praise for her luminous language and deep insight into relationships.



Now, in Making Babies, Enright offers a new kind of memoir: an unapologetic look at the very personal experience of becoming a mother. With a refreshing no-nonsense attitude, Enright opens up about the birth and first two years of her children’s lives. Enright was married for eighteen years before she and her husband Martin, a playwright, decided to have children. Already a confident, successful writer, Enright continued to work in her native Ireland after each of her two babies was born. While each baby slept, those first two years of life, Enright wrote, in dispatches, about the mess, the glory, and the raw shock of motherhood.



Here, unfiltered and irreverent, are Enright’s keen reactions to the pains of pregnancy, the joys of breast milk, and the all-too-common pressures to be the “perfect” parent. Supremely observant and endlessly quizzical, Enright is never saccharine, always witty, but also deeply loving.



Already a bestseller in the UK, Making Babies brings Enright’s autobiographical writing to American readers for the first time. Tender and candid, it captures beautifully just what it’s like for a working woman to become a mother. The result is a moving chronicle of parenthood from one of the most distinctive and gifted authors writing today.
 

About Anne Enright

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ANNE ENRIGHT has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book about motherhood and five novels including The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin.
 
Published April 2, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Judith Newman on May 11 2012

...the way Enright, with all her caustic wit, embraces, well . . . is there an Irish expression for “the whole megillah”? She doesn’t so much seek the pleasure in motherhood as let it find her.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on May 10 2012

She goes in for a few jokes that are beneath her...She prints the word “haNang” — the sound of her child’s crying — 600 times in a row, so we can suffer along with her.

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Reviewed by MOIRA HODGSON on Apr 13 2012

She's terrific when she's funny, and she's sharply observant, but when read all at once, the stories of changing diapers, pushing buggies (strollers) and burping babies can become as mind-numbing as the work she describes.

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