Indies Introduce


  • Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces, Dawn Davies
    Flatiron Books, 9781250133700, January 30, 2018 (Non-Fiction)

    “In her debut memoir, Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces, Dawn Davies’ voice is so unique and strong, I felt like I was in the company of a straight-shooting best friend—one who tells it like it is, never withholding the often messy, terrifying experiences women and mothers must face. Davies takes on all subjects—spirituality, desire and dreams, divorce, children in peril—and she invites you into her private meditation on life and her search for answers to the experiences she has endured. Often gritty and raw, Davies’ essays have the feisty gravitas of works by Roxane Gay. For readers faced with keeping up appearances and hiding the complexity and difficulties in their lives, Mothers of Sparta is liberating and will help many feel less alone. You can’t help but have tremendous compassion for Davies as she processes her past, present, and future. Davies inspires the reader to set aside pretense in order to save one’s spirit. Mothers of Sparta stays with you for weeks, months, and likely years because of Davies’ ability to dig and deliver. I will be passionately promoting this spectacular debut. It is the most powerful memoir I have read in years.”

    Janine De Boisblanc, Orinda Books (Orinda, CA)

    “Dawn Davies delivers what one always wants from a memoir: beautiful, stark honesty. That Mothers of Sparta also includes a poetic voice and an often-heartbreaking, gentle, and even humorous portrayal of motherhood makes it a standout.”

    Justin Souther, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (Asheville, NC)

    “To use a favored phrase, Dawn Davies had me at hello. She tells of her life, but she probes deeply and makes her insights universal, and her use of language is spectacular. I felt like she was speaking directly to me, as if she had written this book to meet my personal emotional needs as a mother. She’s honest, she’s real, and she’s a talented writer.”

    Lynn Rosen, Open Book Bookstore (Elkins Park, PA)

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