When acclaimed fiction writer Susan Johnson fell pregnant with her first child, she could not have imagined the consequences of that potent life-giving act. She could not have known how giving birth was to change her body and her life in devastating ways, changing the intimate knowledge she had of herself forever.
Raw and disturbingly beautiful, 'A Better Woman' is Susan Johnson's moving chronicle of the births of her two precious sons and the new relationship she had to forge with herself, her family and the way she wrote. She was forced to come face to face with the limitations of her body and her trust in it. Her story is a passionate account of the evolution of her identity as a woman, writer, mother and partner. But transcending her loss of faith in what she knew and understood of herself is a keenly felt sense of power, of life and of hope.