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About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope Paperback – December 26, 2006
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"These stories help family members and friends understand the would-be mother's feelings of pain and loss." -- USA Weekend
As many as one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet often women find themselves alone in their grief because of the silence surrounding the subject. Editor Berger Gross (creative nonfiction, Harvard Extension Sch.) hopes this collection of personal narratives by such writers as Joyce Maynard and Susanna Sonnenberg will "serve as a starting point for more conversations, both private and public, about miscarriage, so that women and their partners won't have to go on grieving in silence." These women's stories, divided into three sections-"Searching for Meaning," "In the Thick of It," and "Mourning and Moving On"-are intimate and often heart-wrenching. Several of the authors grieved pregnancies for which they had planned and hoped, while others were surprised at the intensity of their grief at the loss of an unplanned pregnancy. One woman found that suffering a miscarriage just days before her already scheduled appointment for an abortion did not alleviate her grief. Others speak of the potential contradiction of grieving the loss of a fetus while maintaining their prochoice stance. A powerful collection of personal stories recommended for all public libraries. -- Mindy Rhiger, Library Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
As for a book I do recommend (and one that I felt I could relate to every single woman in the book) was called Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart by Allen and Marks.
I wish there was a sequel to this one, perhaps one where more women chose not to have more kids or to stop trying. The only thing that got to me a little was how many of the authors chose to go on and try again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I needed to help me get through my miscarriage. I needed to hear personal stories from other women who have been through the same thing as me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lo
This book is well-written, and I could identify with many of the accounts. However, the description should have clearly stated that there were also personal accounts of abortions. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by R.K.
I have read this book after both if my miscarriages and gifted it to my friends when they have lost their babies. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Rachel E
I was suprised how little I liked this given that most personal accounts of miscarriage are very helpful to me these days after recently miscarrying at 13 weeks. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Delphine
bought this for my friend who had suffered a miscarriage - many of the stories she could relate to - some of course were not applicable but the table of contents does a good job of... Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by M. Canaday
20 different sharings on miscarriage. Some had successful pregnancies and some didn't. Some women made the difficult decision to abort their pregnancy. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by Ruth Wheadon