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Room Lit By Roses

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A poetic memoir of the writer's pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, Rose—a magical journal of joy, pain, hope, and parenthood.

"Maso gives us a beautiful and surprising guided tour of creation...Turning biology and chemistry into poetry, she celebrates every microscopic development...The result, A Room Lit by Roses, provides a glimpse into an invisible world." -Village

Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 30th 2002 by Counterpoint (first published 2000)
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Sarah Schantz
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Because it's been a little over thirteen years since I gave birth to my own daughter, I wasn't sure 178 pages of Carole Maso journaling about her own pregnancy, delivery of her daughter, and transformation of self, would, could possibly keep my attention--but I was wrong. I was wrong partly because the book is not just about creating a child, but about being a writer, and writing. I was also wrong to think I'm that far removed from my own pregnancy and seemingly miraculous birth of my daughter. ...more
Cora Stryker
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who's had a child or wants to, and especially for women who hope to raise children together, Room Lit By Roses is revelatory. While the rest of us plod along our high-tech journeys to motherhood, Maso's account reads like a modern-day immaculate conception. She becomes regnant at 42 after one night with a "perfect stranger" whom she met on an airplane. Even for this new Jew, the light-handed Christ metaphors were moving and surprisingly apt, but the real genius of this little book is ...more
Sonja Alves
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The only book *about* pregnancy that I've read while being pregnant and oh, Maso just captures the experience *perfectly.* I may not have thought my own pregnancy was as "magical" as hers, but I still felt every word about the surrealness of being two people in one body along with her. I would absolutely recommend this book to any pregnant woman and may actually inflict it upon some pregnant friends whether they like it or not.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am 18 and reading this book just puts me in her shoes. I have fallen in love with the way she uses her words, I have never seen such perfection in writings.
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
carole maso's words are windblown and tinged with an uncanny balance of light and dark.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Maso’s journal of her “miracle” pregnancy, her emotions, her expectations, her excitement, her fears, in typical Maso style. Wonderful writing.
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The Room Lit by Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth by Carole Maso (2002)
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Carole Maso is a contemporary American novelist and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic and fragmentary narratives often labeled as postmodern. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College in 1977. Her first published novel was Ghost Dance, which appeared in 1986. Her best known novel is probably Defiance, which was published in 1998. Currently (2006) she is a professor ...more
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