How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts

This book is a narrative about motherhood by way of fiction and non-fictional musings from renowned Egyptian poet, Iman Mersal. It brings together written text in conversation with photographs to situate motherhood in the personal and the political; the author delves into the attempted erasure of motherhood from family albums and the acceleration of the production and promulgation of “iconic images depicting mothers as victims of wars, dictatorships, exile, and patriarchy”. Through the rubble of these intersecting systemic forces, she digs up the perseverance of motherhood and its specters.