Good Mothers Don't
It's 1960, and Elizabeth has a good life. A husband who takes care of her, two healthy children, a farm in the Forties Settlement. But Elizabeth is slowly coming apart, her reality splintering. She knows she will harm her children, wants to harm her children, wants to be stopped from harming her children. She doesn't sleep, becomes incoherent. Elizabeth is taken away.
"Shifting through time and points of view, acclaimed author Laura Best's first novel for adults allows us to see the ripple effects of mental illness and it's treatment in the mid-twentieth century. GOOD MOTHER'S DON'T is a moving exploration of illness, memory, and how we fight for who we love."
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A woman struggles to survive and exist in a world that often makes no sense to her. Her father is the one who holds her together, who understands her best, and when he dies it is as if she is cut adrift. Her world collapses around her. As she struggles to get we ...more
Laura Best’s Good Mothers Don’t follows Elizabeth McKay and her experience with mental illness in the 1960s and 1970s while living in a small farming community in Nova Scotia. Elizabeth has two young children, Jacob and Jewel, and a husband named Cliff, who all love her dearly; she’s living a good life. Elizabeth begins to unravel as she starts hearing voices and imagining herself harming her children. She’s aware that something is wrong, but she can’t seem to cont ...more