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Most mothers don’t have time for long conversations.

They may want them, crave them, begin them again and again—but they are constantly interrupted by kids, partners, work and the day-to-day of busy lives. Between Interruptions is a remarkable collection of original essays by Canadian writers that explores what is unspoken, cut off or lost in those interrupted conversations.

Between Interruptions asks what becomes of us when our children’s lives interrupt our own. What prayers, what cries, what taboo thoughts are suddenly left unspoken?

Marina Jimenez struggles with her decision to return to her job as a journalist—in a war zone. Carrie-Anne Moss lets us into her home during her self-imposed, forty-day seclusion after the birth of her first son. Chantal Kreviazuk learns to surrender to the limitations of motherhood. Joanna Streetly struggles to find a balance between protecting and letting go. Elizabeth Renzetti and Katrina Onstad search for friends in mommyland. And Estee Klar-Wolfond finds perfection in autism. Refreshingly honest, Between Interruptions highlights the differences and similarities between mothers today and generations past.

It is, without a doubt, a conversation worth having.

Written by mothers for mothers, this book is full of essays that will have readers laughing out loud, crying in sympathy, and nodding their heads in recognition – but only if they are mothers themselves. Those outside of the club just won’t understand.”

Quill and Quire


Provocative, funny, and honest, Between Interruptions highlights the transformation to motherhood and its impact on women’s identity, ambition, and relationships.”



“I couldn’t put the book down as I went from one story to another. For me, this was a pleasant departure from the ‘miracle’ culture of motherhood.”

Kelly, Goodreads Review


“This is one of those books that you read once … and then continually go back to. It is a perfect pick-me-up when things aren’t going as well as you’d hope, a great way to celebrate when things are. Love this book and highly recommend it to all moms and moms-to-be. The writing is excellent and the stories, very inspiring!”

Amazon Review


“This book tells it like it is and offers reassurance and hope. It is thoughtfully organized and very readable. Great personal memoirs, realistic portrayals of the often tormenting feelings of motherhood as one adjusts to the new realities of life.”

Amazon Review

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