We Eat Our Daughters by Alexia Arthurs

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

Title: We Eat Our Daughters
Author: Alexia Arthurs
In: How to Love a Jamaican (Alexia Arthurs)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Family
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Picador
Year: 2018


I loved this medley of tales. All of which focused on the relationship between mothers and daughters. It’s definitely something that I’ve been thinking of a lot lately as I’ve just had my own daughter, so it was an opportune moment to read this.

This short story made me reflect on the ways in which we can feel cannibalised by our mothers. That tough moment in every woman’s life when she is stepping away from being the child and the “daughter” to being their own independent person. It’s definitely difficult to not feel consumed by the strong women who have raised us.

Although there was that underlying idea of being absorbed in the mother-daughter relationship, this story also looked at the different types of relationships. And the ways in which the transition can be negotiated, some healthy, some not so healthy.

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