Both Sides of My Skin

What does it mean to be the lead character in your own story when key events are beyond your control?

Both Sides of My Skin book cover, a mother and baby, with the baby pulling the mom's hair.

Motherhood doesn’t always look like the sentiments on a greeting card.

This collection of four short stories explores the reality of pregnancy and motherhood, from the uncertainty of waiting for pregnancy test results to the strange feeling of not being in control of your own body during pregnancy, labor, and the sometimes suffocating routines of parenting young children. The stories take an unflinching look at the changes motherhood brings, and also challenge our ideas of what it means to be the protagonist and what stories are worth telling.

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Both Sides of My Skin

By Elizabeth Trach

ebook: $3.99
paperback: $8.99, 113 pages

Read an excerpt: The opening paragraphs of Recognition, the first story in Both Sides of My Skin.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Trach is a writer and editor living in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She earned her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and her poetry has previously been published in The Worcester Journal. When not busy writing, she also sings in a band, grows almost all her own food, and occasionally even cooks it.

You can catch up on all of her adventures in extreme gardening at or read more of her work at

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