I read this because I read all
Michael Chabon's books and he wrote Manhood for Amateurs, which I read earlier this month, at least in part, as a response to this book. This is my first book by Waldman. I intend to check out her fiction, now.
Eighteen essays on parenting in Berkeley, on being Michael Chabon’s wife, on being the fallible mom (and daughter and daughter-in-law) to four kids and one heartbreaking one she knew she couldn’t keep and had terminated.
About her sexual history and her mother’s in the second footnote on a page she writes: “What a whiner. Really. Shouldn’t there be a moratorium on blaming your mother for your faults after your thirtieth birthday? I’m going to declare one. As soon as I’m done writing this chapter.”