A novel in stories, this book is a masterclass in empathy. In turns devastating and hopeful, Hooper lays bare the desperation and passion and strength of womanhood.
Hooper explores topics society tends to shun (infertility, miscarriage, adoption from both the biological mother’s side and the child’s, child loss, and not wanting children at all) with deft, interweaving their stories as they’re interwoven in society – even if some would rather pretend they’re not.
For some of us, this book will explore something we’ve lived; for others, it will provide a window into someone you know.
This book won’t be for everyone, but maybe it should be. We could all use a little more empathy.
All the Acorns on the Forest Floor tells the poignant and moving stories of multiple characters linked by their experiences as mothers, daughters, and lovers. Rife with stunning imagery, masterful character development, and heart rendering storytelling, this book will captivate readers of all walks of life.
For many women, becoming a mother is the strongest expression of love they know, for others the conscience choice to not have children empowers them to live their truth. Motherhood looks different for all of the women in Kim Hooper’s, All the Acorns On the Forest Floor.
Alex is pregnant with her second child, fearful because her first pregnancy ended at 16 weeks. Deb is reckoning with the fact that she was abandoned as a newborn by her mother. Wendy is wrestling with her early feelings on having children. These stories are interwoven into the stories of other women who are intentionally childless, adults reckoning with adoptions, and unwed women who had to make difficult choices.
This novel-in-stories is designed to tug at the heart strings, but also provide hope, comfort, and insight into the true nature of women’s shared experiences with the narrative of motherhood and society’s expectations. We see the women at their most vulnerable, making decisions that will forever change the course of their lives. As each character’s narrative unfolds, the book illustrates how small and connected people’s lives really are, no one’s circumstances are as unique as they feel.
All the Acorns On the Forest Floor is a novel about mothers and daughters and the sometimes difficult relationships they have with those closest to them. These are stories of the deep, abiding love mothers and children have for one another, but also of how fragile those relationships can be when difficult decisions must be made.
Hooper has created a novel that draws you in and doesn’t let go until the last page has been turned; readers will be anxious to discover how these women’s stories are intertwined and inspired by the strength each character shows as they plunge into the world of motherhood, no matter what that world looks like.
Readers of Celeste Ng and Liane Moriarty will love All the Acorns On the Forest Floor. The stories’ depth invites us all into the worlds of these women and show us that we really are all connected, whether we’re mothers or not.