My Wild and Sleepless Nights is part memoir of a year in the life of a mother of five and part exploration of the push and pull of motherhood. At forty-one, Clover Stroud finds herself pregnant with her fifth child, Lester, and the book takes place over his first year. At the same time, her oldest son, Jimmy, is a teenager who tests boundaries and questions the confines of life with a big, messy family in the middle of the British countryside. While Lester pulls her into his newborn world, Jimmy is pushing himself away from his mother. Along the way, Stroud seeks to answer the question: what does motherhood feel like?
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