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Motherhood Made A Man Out of Me: A Novel, by Karen Karbo re-released by Hawthorne Books October 15, 2016

For immediate release 21 Jun 2016

Contact: 503-327-8849 rhughes@hawthornebooks.com |

Funny and appallingly honest… —Vanity Fair


If Carrie Fisher wrote with depth as well as wit, she would probably turn out to be Karen Karbo. —Seattle Times


Motherhood Made a Man Out Of Me should be clutched to the “corn-silo-sized” breasts of every new mother. New York Times


Brooke and Mary Rose are best friends. Brooke is the mother of a six-month-old. Mary Rose is pregnant. Brooke is married to Lyle, though at times, she wonders why. Mary Rose would be married if Ward, the father of her child, weren’t already. Ward and Brooke are cousins… A comedy of manners and biology, Karbo gives a laugh-out-loud look at the wonders of pregnancy and motherhood. It is a world where the women are fierce and strong and the men duck and cover; a world that is turned upside down when the expecting mother turns out a most unexpected child. Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me celebrates the courage and strength of women and the bonds that join them “in the motherhood.”

Karen Karbo is the author of three novels, four works of nonfiction, and a memoir, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books. The Stuff of Life was a People Critic’ s Choice, a selection of the Satellite Sisters Radio Book Club, and winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. A past winner of the General Electric Young Writer Award, Karen is in addition the recipient of an NEA grant. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New York TimesRedbook, Elle, Vogue, Esquire, The New Republic, and Self. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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