Eight Girls Taking Pictures

I’m re-reading a post from 2017, a review of Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto. I’m utterly amazed by this quote from the novel:

“She didn’t hate being a wife any more than she hated being a mother. What she hated was the way that wife, mother, and photographer created an unsolvable equation. What she hated was trying to solve the mathematics of her various roles.”

So many articles in mothers and working women’s magazine are about exactly this: the unsolvable equation of working and being a parent. To put it in another way, so many articles in the media are about work/life balance–how to achieve it. This novel, about famous female photographers is about the very same thing.