“It might be the most important book about being a parent that you will ever read.” ―Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World
One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood.
In SMALL ANIMALS (FlatironBooks), Brooks asks, of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves?
Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style―by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating―which has dazzled millions of fans and been called “striking” by New York Times Book Review and “beautiful” by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.
(Summary courtesy of Amazon)
I remember at BookExpo when the book was first talked about, there was a collective gasp in the room. It was because we all realized anyone of us could be Kim Brooks. There but I go by the grace of God.
Kim Brooks is the personal essays editor at Salon. Her first novel, The Houseguest, was published in 2016 by Counterpoint Press and her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, was published by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan and is available now. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals and her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.
SMALL ANIMALS will be available in bookstores and on-line tomorrow.
Thanks to BookExpo and Flatiron books, we have several copies of SMALL ANIMALS to giveaway. Just tell us what makes a “good mother.”
We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please