A Gemma Open Door book
“Elizabeth Mosier’s wisdom about families comes through on every page of The Playgroup. I highly recommend this touching, compelling book about motherhood and about the human heart.”
― Robin Black, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
“…a moving and beguiling glimpse into the everyday miracle of motherhood. Mosier has created a neighborhood that includes the world, one beloved child at a time.”
― Antonya Nelson, Bound, Nothing Right
Sarah Holloway is an art therapist and new mother who is trying to hide her childhood wounds by healing others. During her daughter’s first two years, she has faked her way through motherhood with the help of women in her neighborhood playgroup.
Just when Sarah thinks she has gotten the hang of raising one child, she learns she is expecting another. Then, a routine test reveals a mysterious mass in her unborn baby’s abdomen. The sonogram awakens Sarah’s fear that her children have inherited her damage—and uncovers a secret that could end her marriage.
THE PLAYGROUP READING GUIDE
Elizabeth Mosier is the author of the novel, My Life As a Girl, as well as numerous short stories, articles, essays, and reviews, which have appeared in Child, Seventeen, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Poets and Writers. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she has twice been named a Discipline Winner by the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Elizabeth Mosier lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two children, and teaches creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.
Paper, 90 pages
Reading level: 6.2