Lynne Bryant Live at Colorado Springs


Join Tattered Cover as we welcome Lynne Bryant to our Colorado Springs location on April 6th at 6pm! She will be reading from and signing her book The Mother Gene! This event is free and open to the public. You can purchase a copy below or in store at the event!


Dr. Miriam Stewart works tirelessly to help Appalachian women gain control over their bodies-to make a deliberate decision whether to be a mother. Bone-weary, but with a nagging fear of the obsolescence of retirement, Miriam is sandwiched between two frustratingly independent women; neither will listen to her advice. Her aging mother, Lillian, a locally beloved, retired mountain midwife, refuses to leave her farmhouse nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Olivia, her thirty-year-old daughter, searches for the perfect sperm donor for the baby she's determined to have.

When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity promises her work legacy will continue, Miriam's passion is renewed. But her carefully ordered world explodes when the fulfillment of her dream collides with her mother's long-kept secrets. Secrets that undermine the very foundation of Miriam's beliefs about who she is, her career, and especially, what it means to mother. Miriam is faced with an impossible choice.

In The Mother Gene, Lynne Bryant casts a contemporary story of mothers and daughters against the backdrop of a not-so-distant dark time in American history, when powerful forces sought to control who should have children. Three generations of women struggle with the intertwined choices of sex, love, pregnancy, and motherhood.


Lynne Bryant’s forty-plus years as a nurse and nursing academic have prepared her well for creating intimate human stories featuring the unheard voices of ordinary women. Lynne is the author of two previous novels: Catfish Alley and Alligator Lake. She and her wife share a home with their three dogs—and occasionally their three children—in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where she attempts to grow flowers that deer don’t like and writes novels featuring delightfully flawed women in all their complexities. Find Lynne online at


The Mother Gene By Lynne Bryant Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639886838
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(This book cannot be returned or refunded.)
Published: Atmosphere Press - March 8th, 2023

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Location: Colorado Springs