True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood
Striking the right balance between career and motherhood is one of the most stressful, heart-wrenching tasks facing women today. In Torn, 47 women explore the conflict between the need to nurture and the need to work, and reveal creative solutions for having the best of both worlds. Their stories offer hope and inspiration, but also expose the messy realities of modern motherhood: from breast pump mishaps to battles with cancer, diaper blowouts to debilitating depression, competitive cupcake baking to coming home from war. In the end, the reader can find comfort that there is no perfect mother, nor is there a perfect balance when it comes to kids and career.
“Finally, a reality-based look at life, love and motherhood, for real women from real women. No quick fixes or fantasy escapes here. Just good, old-fashioned, in-the-trenches camaraderie that lets you know you are not alone and that the fight is worth it. Really!”
--– Allison Glock, Author of the award winning memoir, Beauty Before Comfort
“Remarkably honest and moving personal testimonies…this book is a ‘must read’ both for women struggling to create work-life balance and for men trying to understand the plight of the women in their lives.”
--– Geraldine Alpert, Ph.D., Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School, San Francisco
“Torn is a poignant look at how a generation of mothers is trying to forge its own identity while honoring the legacy of 60s and 70s feminism. Sometimes freedom can be its own trap, and this book illustrates that principle beautifully.”
– Neal Pollack, Columnist for Vanity Fair and author of Alternadad and Stretch
Gold Winner - Adult Books/Women's Issues
----Mom's Choice Awards
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samantha Parent Walravens is an award-winning journalist, writer and mother of four children. She was an editor for PC World magazine before leaving journalism to chase the “Internet Dream” in the mid-1990s. She has since returned to her true passion, writing, and has published articles on topics including politics, business, lifestyle and women’s issues. Samantha is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and has a Master’s in Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Virginia. Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood is her first book. For more information, visit her website: www.samanthawalravens.com.