The 12 stories in Rosenwaike’s debut collection capture the vast and intimate moments of motherhood and womanhood. Rosenwaike’s characters are hopeful, struggling, and conflicted, and through their stories, she explores the ways that parenthood is not simply joy and sleeplessness ... In each story, Rosenwaike’s remarkable prose conjures emotions so effectively that readers will feel pulled into the characters’ lives. While the stories are all connected by motherhood, each explores additional themes: changing friendships, aging, defining family, building a life, and more. Whether parents or not, readers who love short literary fiction will connect with Look How Happy I’m Making You.
[A] deeply resonant collection ... The push-pull of life and death, the tug of postpartum depression, the shame of deception, the guilt of separation—all are explored in these pages ... An exquisite collection that is candid, compassionate, and emotionally complex.