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Mother Love


Rita Dove (Author, University of Virginia)

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Calling upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Mother Love examines the love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter, each daughter a potential mother.

In settings as various as a patio in Arizona, the bistros and boulevards of Paris, the sun-drenched pyramids of Mexico—and directly from the Greek myth itself—Rita Dove explores this relationship and the dilemma of letting go.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 1996
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31444-1
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 96 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“This volume shows Dove—Pulitzer Prize winner, novelist, and 1993-95 U.S. Poet Laureate—at the height of her poetic powers.” — Publishers Weekly

Mother Love is an unsparing book. . . . Rita Dove's laser glance exposes and cauterizes its subjects in new and disturbing ways.” — Helen Vendler, The New Yorker

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