by Carrie Visintainer
When Carrie Visintainer became a mother at the age of thirty-two, she worried it was all over, that her adventurous life was done. World travel? Adios. Solo explorations in the mountains? Ciao. Creative outlets? She wondered, are diapers my new white canvas? Immersed in a whirlwind of sleeplessness and spit-up, she was madly in love with her new baby, yet also felt her adventurous spirit and core identity crumbling.
So Carrie laced up her boots and set out on a soul-searching journey, with revelations near and far. Inside a local Walmart, she realized that new motherhood is like traveling to a foreign country, with a new vocabulary, unknowable customs, and extreme jetlag. Lying in a yurt in the Colorado forest, she came to terms with her postpartum depression. While sailing on a gulet off the coast of Turkey, she examined feelings of guilt about leaving her child in pursuit of adventure. And then, while perched in a handsome stranger’s motorcycle sidecar in the Mexican jungle, she found herself face-to-face with her central quandary: Domesticity vs. Wanderlust.
Finally, she discovered she could—and should—have both.
North American publisher: Thought Catalog, November 2015
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Kate Johnson, Wolf Literary Services
Carrie Visintainer’s children haven’t inspired her to settle down. They’ve emboldened her to more daringly explore the world. Visintainer’s memoir, Wild Mama, is a reminder that society doesn’t get to define what motherhood looks like; mothers do.”—Leigh Ann Henion, author of Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World
Candid, funny, and mesmerizingly honest, Wild Mama is a memoir as well as a subtle guidebook to being a modern woman… From the parking lot of Walmart to the shores of Mexico, this book provides the pleasures of pure discovery. A delight.”—Paula Lee, author of Deer Hunting in Paris
With so much pressure on modern parents to ‘live for their kids,’ this title is a refreshing reminder that it’s both possible and necessary to live for oneself, too.”—Library Journal