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Sandra McIntyre of the Malahat Review takes a look at Untying the Apron

Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. In the searing and startling collection of poetry and prose Untying the Apron, the stereotype of the 1950s housewife is “untied.” Published by Guernica in the spring of 2013, Untying the Apron was just recently reviewed in the award-winning Canadian literary journal The Malahat Review.

In her review, Sandra McIntyre praises Untying the Apron as “a consciousness-raising exercise” and states that “the details make the writing good and true. The commonalities of experience make it political.”

The collection, which is told from the point of view of young women who were raised by the housewives of the 1950s and who came of age during the second-wave feminism of the 60s and 70s, is one that explores the topics of motherhood and feminism from a fresh and intimate perspective.

“Untying the apron, then, is a liberating, transcendent act… Again and again, the writers in this anthology provide examples of mothers out of apron, doing things beyond the work of providing home-cooked meals and fresh laundry.”

To Read the full review, you can visit The Malahat Review at: http://malahatreview.ca/reviews/187reviews_mcintyre.html

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