The Room Lit by Roses by Carole Maso
A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth

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A poetic memoir of the writer's pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, Rose, this is a magical journal of joy, pain, and the hope of parenthood.

From Carole Maso, one of our most daring experimentalist writers, comes this intimate and seductive book: a working journal of her pregnancy. We have come to rely on Maso to say that which is true as well as unexpected. The Room Lit by Roses delineates, with searing and poetic honesty, the months leading up to the birth of Rose, the long-awaited daughter born to Maso and her partner, Helen.

During the early months, when Maso is beset by the worry that the child will be lost, her journal becomes a meditation on art and life. Maso becomes more confident as the baby reaches the second trimester: "We are flying, as the finishing touches are applied. The eyelids close over the eyes by the ninth week and temporarily seal them like a kitten's. They will remain closed until the sixth month. You travel in darkness for now, little one. I'm right here."


About Carole Maso

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Carole Maso is author of the novels "AVA, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, " and "Defiance". She has also written several books of nonfiction. Maso is a professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.
Published November 1, 2000 by Counterpoint Press. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Though Maso's wide-eyed descriptions of the miracles of pregnancy can seem self-indulgent, her dreamlike treatment of pregnancy, birth, mothering and writing should enchant mothers, mothers-to-be and writers with a poetic bent.

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When I first started reading THE ROOM LIT BY ROSES: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth by Carole Maso, I felt like it was pretentious and a little too poetic for me, filled with references to obscure poets and saints and metaphors about ova and such.

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