"Bright, talented, hard-working, and fiercely determined to raise babies while maintaining a consuming career as a literary theorist on the university fast-track, Wallace (For Fidelity, Knopf, 1998) chronicles the tollof physical exhaustion and illness, culminating in the denial of her tenure of trying to achieve it all. Every woman who has nursed a baby through the wee hours while working on a report or deadline or worked the unpaid 24-hour shifts of motherhood will recognize herself in Wallace's stream-of-consciousness report. Humorous and scrappy, yet deeply reflective, Wallace recounts her staunch Irish Catholic upbringing, her struggle to forge a professional identity for herself, her involvement with a church community in turmoil, and, above all, her ongoing quest to make sense of God and to stay true to parenthood, her prime profession, regardless of the tugs and pulls of modern life."
-- From Library Journal

"...extraordinary memoir... Thoroughly honest and yet filled with loving kindness... What a wonderful, graciously written and told story."
-- Stanley M. Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

"... spiritual autobiography of a talented woman in the pressure cooker of this age... easy to read ... good Lenten gift..."
-- Anglican Journal

"... humorous, touching and deeply moving stories will strike a chord..."
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