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A Mother’s Time Capsule

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A Mother's Time CapsuleMothers. We all have one and we all have memories of our mothers. The word elicits strong feelings, mostly positive. But mothers are diverse and so is their mothering and the circumstances in which they raised, loved, cared for or failed a child. Each story in A MOTHER’S TIME CAPSULE presents a different journey, a varied view of this life-changing responsibility. In the collection, you’ll meet aging mothers, fearful mothers, single and divorced moms, a mother deprived of her child, another dealing with the attempted suicide of a daughter. Motherhood is love and caring, complete joy and devastating sorrow. It can fill the heart with sweet moments, or trouble the mind with conflict and thorny choice. And though some women may never have children, as our own mothers age the role often reverses—and like it or not we will know many of the challenges of motherhood.

A MOTHER’S TIME CAPSULE includes the following and eight other stories.

Someday It Will Be December: Pregnant and single in her 40s, Claire longs to connect to the baby’s father, finally realizing that connecting to the baby might be all she needs.

Fragile: It’s a given that mothers worry about their children. But can a wife and mother who worries too much shape her own reality? And how would that affect the father who is almost a stranger to such concerns?

Angel Hair: Mothers throughout time have feared the possibility of a child going missing. And then there’s the age-old myth of the Pied Piper—a wrong is done to someone and children become collateral.

You Have Done Nothing Wrong: When a child attempts suicide, the negative act is so stunning a mother will forgive any hurt as she desperately tries to point her child toward living. Sunny, betrayed by a philandering husband, begins to see that daughter Colette’s attempt might be connected not only to the young woman’s confusion about men and sex but also to her father’s betrayal.

When Did My Mother Die? We all know a mother, our own. And no matter how our mothers age–no matter what challenges they face, we will also face those challenges. And those women who have never had children will experience facets of motherhood, for instead of bringing a child into the world, they will help a significant person in their lives leave this one.


I’ve long been a fan of Elizabeth A. Havey. I’ve followed and welcomed her writings on Boomer, an exceptional blog of perceptive and stylish essays. Now with the publication of A Mother’s Time Capsule, Havey gives us an important collection of powerful and beautifully crafted short stories, and begins to take her place as an important American writer. The stories capture her unique, almost mystical connection with the complex realities of the American family, as she explores a tremendous range of emotions and actions that permeate family life.

Read these polished and beautifully crafted stories and accept Elizabeth A. Havey’s gift of experience and insight. Embrace and be embraced by the power of her work as it opens up your own emotions and memories, leading you back to your own family story. —James Wagenvoord, author

I was pulled in immediately reading these stories, my heart filled with many emotions that related to my own life. We think of mothers in many different ways, remember them, live to become one or not, but always having heart-filled memories. Beth writes with literary beauty, at times her descriptions seem magical, tapping into all the senses and feelings of longing. I laughed with joy and smiled silently at a memory from my own childhood. These are unforgettable stories about childhood years, teenage angst, attempted suicide, marital strife, a woman’s journey as her life changes, and the heartbreaking change in a relationship when a mother has dementia. Braced with strength, real truth, and always hope–Beth’s stories deal with so many emotions–you won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.–Carol Boyer, reader, reviewer 

A thought-provoking and tender collection. –Mary Byrne Eigel, Silent Courage 

The stories are personal and very affecting–Carole Wolfe Doris, attorney and mom

Havey’s words often brought back treasured memories as if she were talking to me on the phone. –Gay Lynn Essig, teacher and mother of three  

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