From a Homemaker to a Modern, Independent Woman

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New book details a story of an at-home mother and wife who decides to enter a new phase in her life

An intimate, close-up look at the life of an at-home mother and wife in the mid-1970s awaits readers in Katherine Dickson’s Family Mythology. An Xlibris release, this book tells of a woman’s pre-destined role in society and the struggle that comes along with it.

Family Mythology details a housewife’s relationship with her husband, children, as well as her relationship with herself. It presents the problems they face as a family and includes whether they should move to Boston, the woman’s hometown, or stay in Maryland. Here, issues such as familiarity, loneliness, and belongingness are brought to the reader’s attention.

Another issue they face is how to solve the financial problems of the husband’s dental practice. Seeing that her husband cannot provide for the family alone, the woman enters a new phase in her life as she decides to resume her career, return to work, and enter Jungian analysis. Throughout the book, readers will see the woman attempting to find time for herself and her increasing urge to write.

This book lets readers see the woman as an individual with her own aspirations and goals. It departs from the common notion that women are born to become good homemakers, and introduces how they can, at the same time, become independent and family-oriented.

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About the Author
Katherine Murphy Dickson was born and raised in Boston, where she graduated from Simmons College. Her first diary at age fifteen began her lifelong fascination with journals. Throughout graduate school, a career in professional librarianship, marriage, birthing, and raising three children, the journal has been the intact line of her life. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband, William.

Family Mythology* by Katherine Dickson
January 1976–August 1977
Publication Date: February 25, 2010
Trade Paperback; $17.84; 151 pages; 978-1-4500-2007-7
Trade Hardback; $27.89; 151 pages; 978-1-4500-2008-4

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