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The Mother of All Things by Alexis Landau
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May 07, 2024 | ISBN 9780593700792

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“Ambitious . . . specific, lush and transporting . . . The great success of this novel is the author’s sustained exploration of a woman in early midlife who . . . bravely re-evaluates how her life has unfolded in order to progress as a mother to herself. The sentences breathe with the softness of shared human experience across time.” The New York Times

“Engrossing . . . A sharply observed look at modern motherhood and marriage. Limning such heady subjects as the suppression of the divine feminine, women’s rage over being saddled with the majority of domestic labor and childcare no matter how many other responsibilities and passions they have, and the dangers and delights of the various seasons of a woman’s life, Landau’s latest will resonate powerfully with readers.” Booklist

“This one is for all my dark academia girlies. Think The Secret History but more human, and with a healthy dose of female rage.” Woroni

The Mother of All Things glistens with passion, like wet paint. Alexis Landau has written a revelatory novel about the age-old disparity in power between men and women, focusing in on Ava, a wife and mother and stalled academic who feels a mixture of rage and bewilderment about the path her life has taken. Bursting with fresh insights into the merciless passage of time and the impossibility of protecting one’s children from the world’s incursions, this novel is as original as it is accessible, written with a deft touch for the prosaic details of ordinary life as well as the seduction of mythic female narratives.” —Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy and Twenty-two Minutes of Unconditional Love

“A delicious fever dream of a novel about female rage and longing, Alexis Landau executes a high-wire act in The Mother of All Things, seamlessly weaving together ancient tragedies and contemporary dramas with dazzling results. Readers of Claire Messud and Rachel Yoder won’t be able to resist Landau’s sophisticated examination of ambition, desire, and anger.” —Katy Hays, New York Times bestselling author of The Cloisters

“The book pulses with emotional truth. Landau has created a complex and sympathetic narrator whose story connects a mother’s familiar and relatable life to the exotic locales of Eastern Europe and the secret wisdom of the ancients. She skillfully invokes the mystery that undergirds and binds us.” —Lisa Marchiano, author of The Vital Spark and host of the podcast “This Jungian Life”

“Ava, a once-promising art historian, navigates the treacherous terrain of motherhood and a husband accustomed to having his career put first, as she struggles to reengage in academic life and finds herself diving headlong into a tantalizing world of ancient female rites. Engrossing and meticulously researched, The Mother of All Things cleverly delves into the woe and splendor of modern-day womanhood while keeping the ancient wisdom of our foremothers close by.”  —Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

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