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Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s

A ground-breaking anthology of poetry and prose, now in its third printing.

Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and beautiful, sometimes all at once. The contributors include multi-award-winning poets, novelists, and essayists, as well as compelling new literary voices.


“I came away from reading this book with more understanding and compassion for women of the Fifties. It is both a tribute to and an excavation of their lives by some of the finest minds in Canada. I am the daughter of a “Fifties mother” but I feel Untying the Apron is an important book for all of us.”– Shelagh Rogers


Listen to an interview with Lorri and Sheila Norgate on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.

Read Sandra McIntyre’s review of Untying the Apron in The Malahat Review.

Untying the Apron is available here.