Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss

Shadow Child An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss In this perceptive profoundly moving meditation on love and loss and the often poignant connection between the two Beth Powning shares the lessons that time and nature have taught her Like many young

  • Title: Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss
  • Author: Beth Powning
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  • Page: 455
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  • In this perceptive, profoundly moving meditation on love and loss and the often poignant connection between the two Beth Powning shares the lessons that time and nature have taught her.Like many young women with career ambitions in the redefining 1960s, Beth Powning struggles with the decision as to whether, and when, she should start a family, although eventually heIn this perceptive, profoundly moving meditation on love and loss and the often poignant connection between the two Beth Powning shares the lessons that time and nature have taught her.Like many young women with career ambitions in the redefining 1960s, Beth Powning struggles with the decision as to whether, and when, she should start a family, although eventually her ambivalence about motherhood yields to a dream of a baby At the age of twenty four she becomes pregnant, and her dream becomes reality Then, late into a cold February night, eleven days past her due date, under induced labor, Beth delivers a stillborn son.Several years later, to overwhelming joy, Beth gives birth to Jacob, but the growth of her second son is soon shadowed by that of Beth s other, first child, who has emerged from the darkness of memory So it is that she begins to come to terms with the conditions of life that hone and humble each of us with birth and death, with joy and pain, with losses and love and the relentless passage of time in this beautifully wrought exploration of selfhood, womanhood, and motherhood.

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    About “Beth Powning”

    1. Beth Powning

      Beth Powning was born in Hampton, Connecticut She attended E.O Smith High School, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she majored in creative writing Powning moved to New Brunswick, Canada in 1970.Powning s work has been widely published in books, anthologies, and magazines She is known for her lyrical, powerful writing and the profound emotional honesty of her work Her latest novel, A Measure of Light , was released by Knopf Canada March 10, 2015 It was a Globe and Mail Bestseller, a Globe and Mail Best Book, was long listed for the Dublin International LIiterary Award, and was the winner of the N.B.Book Award for Fiction In the USA, A Measure of Light will be a Sam s Club Best Book for March, 2018 Beth Powning s novel, The Sea Captain s Wife was short listed for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, in Canada and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Award Book, in the USA The novel has been long listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award It is being translated into French by Editions Perce Neige, with distribution in Canada and France.Powning also recently won Canada s Lieutenant Governor s Award for High Achievement in English Language Literary Arts and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New Brunswick.

    754 thoughts on “Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss”

    1. As I finished this book, I found myself thinking, "I'll need to read this book again someday." There are many layers here, not just about the loss of a child, but about being a woman, being creative, and what it means to live in the wake of that loss.


    2. Beth Powning has a mournful voice. Some might call it reflective but I was struck by how, even when she was very young, she was aware of what wasn't in a moment. Such a voice, however, is exactly right for the focus of this memoir - her first, stillborn, son. He is the main impetus for the book - a working through of how to come to terms with such a death and the fact that these children are still there - a shadow presence - forever. However, there are other shadow children in this book - Beth P [...]


    3. My favorite type of writing all combined: a good story, a mother's memoir written with gorgeous metaphor, lyrical prose, all grounded in nature and beauty. I read this with commonplace book in hand and savor each word. A Canadian Katrina Kenison. 6/5.


    4. This book was so beautiful. Raw, intimate, and poetic. An inside look at a lifetime of internal struggles, finally realized.


    5. I had this book in my possession (borrowed) for over a month before I could gather the courage to actually read it. At first I thought it was rather self indulgent and the language too pretty, but I think I was mostly scared to read what was there. But a day of waiting with no other distractions got me started and once I got past the idyllic childhood section I got hooked into her story - I think it starts off as "I was a smart and precocious child" which really put me off until she starts writi [...]



    6. I resonated with this writer far more than any other I've read. She generously invites her readers into her life of grief and healing.


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