This memoir covers many topics: disability, the differences between po and poor, strong Puerto Rican mothering, your ride-and-die gals, step-parenting, single motherhood, addiction, and the healing power of burlesque.
Owens’s journey explores how she handled universal struggles and finally found her voice to create an award-winning podcast and a relatable book that tackles relationships, love, food issues, the writing life, and finding one’s true calling.
Life is often a messy escapade, and we rarely have the luxury of dealing with one gut punch before the next one is there to knock us on our keisters again. Which just makes the title of the memoir, Knocked Down, all the more apt.
Though it is clear the book is set in a kind of vaguely dystopian world, with surveillance and expectations on steroids, it feels like a place we are doomed to end up if we don’t start dialing down the expectations forced upon mothers.