Mothers of Sparta hardback book cover

In Mothers of Sparta, Dawn Davies writes like an avenging angel. Her stories are poetic, moving, provocative, and bracingly honest...."

                               Dani Shapiro

"Mothers of Sparta is a superbly written book, at times gently poetic, at times devastating. I was spellbound from start to finish." 

Tim O'Brien

 Praise for Mothers of Sparta: a Memoir in Pieces


"In the kaleidoscopic array of experiences she has chosen to share, readers will feel the depth and breadth of this woman's life. Forthright, entertaining essays that portray all the love, struggle, and anguish of being a woman and a mother."

          ―Kirkus Reviews


"Beautiful and painful all at once. A heartbreakingly honest book that I couldn't put down." 

          ― Jenny Lawson,  #1 NYT bestselling author. 

“In Mothers of Sparta, Dawn Davies writes like an avenging angel. Her stories are poetic, moving, provocative, and bracingly honest as she trains her lucid gaze on some of life’s deepest complexities: In the face of terror, betrayal, and impending loss, how do we love? And what does that love cost us? I’ve never read a book quite like this one, shot through with the light of an extraordinary talent and spirit.”
          ― Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

“Dawn Davies’s Mothers of Sparta breaks my heart in the best way. From the quietly meteoric trajectory of ‘Night Swim’ through the devastating title essay and the tidal pull of the collection’s finale (which had me awash in spontaneous tears, not for the first time), it was clear to me that I’ve been missing the voice of Dawn Davies―her humor and her scars, her tenderness and resilience, and her truly staggering ability to stun you with the emotional precision and beauty of her writing―all my life as a woman and a mother and a reader.”
          ― Kate Moses, author of Cakewalk: A Memoir

“Funny, insightful…Davies uses her oodles of talent to remind readers that human beings are never just one thing, and in her essays we see a whole life revealed…Her writing jumps from the page as Davies bares her soul, holding nothing back. Readers will laugh and cry, probably at the same time.”
          ― Booklist

"..."Mothers of Sparta" offers exquisite writing and storytelling craft. Davies, it seems, can bring to life just about anything with her writing.

--The Associated Press


The author’s observations on parenting are spot-on (once you have kids you “must tiptoe through the rest of your life”). Whether perceptively exploring joy or anguish, Davies digs deeply. 

          ― Publishers Weekly


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Three great pieces of news:
I won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for 2019. Suuuuuuuuper psyched. For official details on this thrilling piece of news, click here. For my trilling, over-the-top blog post on it, click here.
I also won the 2019 Florida Book Award Gold Medal in General Nonfiction.  Deets on that here.
My latest essay, "Music to Be Played If I Fall into a Coma" was recently published McSweeny's Quarterly 56.  Link here. 



2018 by Dawn Davies

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