Who was your mother before she became a mother? This was the question author Edan Lepucki posed to dozens of writers and artists for the new collection of essays she edited, Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers As We Never Saw Them. Lepucki joins Alta Asks Live and host Heather Scott Partington to discuss the book, the power of storytelling, women and motherhood, and much more.
About the book and the author
In this remarkable collection, New York Times bestselling novelist Edan Lepucki gathers more than 60 original essays and favorite photographs to explore this question. The daughters in Mothers Before are writers and poets, artists and teachers, and the images and stories they share reveal the lives of women in ways that are vulnerable and true, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always moving.
Edan Lepucki is the bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17 and the editor of Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers As We Never Saw Them. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Cut, Esquire, and elsewhere, and she’s a contributing editor at the Millions. She lives in L.A. with her family.