“Mothers of Sparta is a superbly written book, at times gently poetic, at times devastating. I was spellbound from start to finish.”—Tim O’Brien
“I’ve never read a book quite like this one, shot through with the light of an extraordinary talent and spirit.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
“Beautiful and painful all at once. A heartbreakingly honest book that I couldn’t put down.”
—Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Mothers of Sparta is not a blow-by-blow of Davies’ life but rather an examination of the exquisite and often painful moments of a life, the moments we look back on and say, That one, that one mattered. Straddling the fence between humor and, well…not humor, Davies has written a book about what it’s like to try to carve a place for oneself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be.