Night Waking by Sarah Moss

Night Waking

Sarah Moss

While her husband deals with the needs of Scotland's puffin population, Anna remains isolated at home, struggling with the complex emotions of motherhood. I instantly warmed to Anna who stoically tackles everyday life with her two young sons, putting aside her Oxford Fellowship in order to be a good mum. What could potentially be heavy subject matter is dealt with candidly, with an injection of wry humour raising a smile along the way.

Extract

What would I pawn for sleep? Would I, given the choice, have peace for Palestine or twelve hours in bed? Clean water for children of Africa or a week off motherhood? The advent of carbon-neutral industrial processes or a month's unbroken nights? It's a good thing Satan doesn't come and chat to the mothers of sleepless toddlers in the middle of the night.

Parallels
  • A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Housewife Down by Alison Penton Harper