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A Slant of Sun by Beth Kephart
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Dec 27, 09

Read in December, 2009

There are things about this book that are both powerful and difficult to read. I wonder if this is because Kephart has worked so hard to be honest, maybe with herself first.

Here is a quotation:
"Imagining motherhood is like imagining yourself old: There are no accurate forecasts. I guess I assumed I would know more. Pregnant, I assumed that mother's intuition was a hard, certain thing, a perpetually replenishing reservoir of basic instinct. If there were problems, the gut would howl it. If there were risks, the heart would rattle. If the jumbled trivia of daily existence pulled into and onto itself like a knot, the mother's hands would separate the strands. But it has not been that way for me. If there is a road map here, some compass inscribed on my soul, I have not found it." (52)
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