Three storytellers approach womanhood, belonging, and justice in the United States.

Albanian-born writer and translator Ani Gjilka traces memories of secrecy and sensuality from childhood, through immigration to the United States, finally into and out of her marriage in An Unruled Body: A Poet’s Memoir, winner of the 2021 Restless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize. 

Karen Spears Zacharias’s No Perfect Mothers tells the story of Carrie Buck, who was subject to the infamous Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court case of 1927, in which eugenicists sought to forcibly sterilize Buck and others.

Ambitious Lorraine Delford must set aside her dreams of the stars when she falls pregnant and is forced to learn firsthand of the realities that keep women grounded in this humanizing peek into the “Baby Scoop Era,” Meagan Church’s The Girls We Sent Away.

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