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"Absolutely stunning, compelling, and unlike any other book related to pregnancy loss that I have read."

-- Robyn Bear
-- Founder of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

"Baby Dust sheds a light on the all-too taboo subject of miscarriage in a raw, compelling, and incredibly realistic way. Women who have experienced a loss themselves will surely resonate with the characters in the book."

-- Kristin Cook
-- Founder, Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Casey Shay Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984187928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984187928
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deanna Roy is the five-time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women's fiction.

She is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She has several books on the subject, including her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, a romance about a couple whose baby is taken off life support at seven days old.

She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for fifteen years, including many large spin-off support groups both online and in person.

To learn about new releases, sign up for her subscriber list at http://deannaroy.com/news. She has regular giveaways in conjunction with major pregnancy loss events.

The Forever Series:

FOREVER INNOCENT (2013)
FOREVER LOVED (2014)
FOREVER SHELTERED (2014)
FOREVER BOUND (July 2015)

Other Books:

BABY DUST: A Novel about Miscarriage (2011)
STELLA & DANE: A Honky Tonk Romance (2012)
THE SPERM MEETS EGG PLAN: A how-to book for pregnancy after loss (2012)

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IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS: A Memorial Book (a write-in record book for babies lost to miscarriage or stillbirth)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Vercher on September 18, 2011
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Deanna Roy's Baby Dust is a wonderful, emotional novel that accurately depicts the pain and emptiness experienced with the loss of a pregnancy. Each of the stories told touches upon my own story of 3 losses. This is a great read for all who have lost a baby, no matter how far along the pregnancy. It makes you realize your feelings or actions are not crazy. That you are not alone. It is also an excellent tool for those who haven't had a loss to understand what we go through. It can teach empathy to those who don't quite understand that we did lose a child, and all the hopes and dreams we held for that child. I read this book non-stop the night I got it. I hope this book helps to open up people's minds and makes miscarriage no longer a taboo subject. Thank you, Deanna.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mbrown on October 10, 2011
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Baby Dust was a great and easy read, even though it was dealing with a heavy subject. Having miscarried a baby 10 months ago, I found this book very comforting. It made me feel a little less crazy and alone for some of the thoughts and feelings I've wrestled with myself. I hope others that have not miscarried or lost a baby read this book, so that they might have a little better understanding of this life changing event.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By glen cantrell on October 11, 2011
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Deanna Roy writes with no holds barred. I felt the narrative as strong as I have ever felt anything this poignant. This Author has found her niche, to tell about circumstances that are happening every day in this world of ours. High praise for Deanna Roy. She writes as it truly is and the book, 'Baby Dust' better catch on as a bestseller for it is well deserved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By taking.mytime on December 22, 2011
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This book is separated out into 5 parts - each part an individual story, but each linking back to the others. The basic premise is definately a sad one, but the stories are very well written, even to the point of being inspirational. In addition this book is just such as easy read. I really liked it and would recommend it. Touchy subject written extremely well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Breit on June 1, 2012
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For those already familiar with Deanna Roy's efforts to provide information and support to women who have suffered a miscarriage (e.g. pregnancyloss.info and Casey Shay Press), it will come as no surprise that the multi-talented Roy has now used storytelling to reach women who have endured this "impossible loss".

For women who have experienced a pregnancy loss, this novel will strike a chord. There are so many aspects to the loss of a pregnancy, from the medical, to the emotional and psychological, to the spiritual; however, whether or not you are a member of what artist Laura Seftel calls "The Secret Club", this compelling, well-written novel will pull you in.

Roy's central characters - Stella, Melinda, Dot, Tina and Janet - meet at a weekly miscarriage support group. Told through five parts, we learn about each character's personal story and the fall out in their lives that led them to the support group. Each story is told unflinchingly, in a style that is both straightforward and lush with detail. The characters will ring true to readers, perhaps not in small part because they were drawn from an amalgam of stories shared with the author via her website.

"Baby Dust" is as realistic and honest a portrayal of the loss of a child as has ever been written to my knowledge. The writing felt cinematic at times; as a reader, it felt almost voyeuristic to "watch" Roy's characters move through their losses, and begin the hard work of putting their lives back together. The psychological impact of the loss of a child is deftly conveyed in the experiences of each character; there are self-hating religious interpretations of events that could not have been prevented, an attempted suicide, and disturbing hallucinations, to name a few.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harvey - Chrissie on September 18, 2011
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My wife read this book and this review is from her . . . . This is a novel about a number of women that have had miscarriages. It is a sad read but also a very good one if you have experienced miscarriage and if you haven't it gives a real understanding of how upsetting it can be. Wonderfully written and well worth the read, wonderful author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By literaturelover on July 11, 2012
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I, too, lost a child at 20 weeks to anencephaly, so I could completely empathize with the characters in this novel. I thought the author did a good job of developing the characters. I liked them; I felt for them. I did struggle, though, with what seemed to me an over attempt to show that miscarriage happens to women from all walks of life. Perhaps I struggled because she placed Melinda (the wealthy attorney with the wealthy husband) back-to-back with Dot, the trailer park woman whose husband was a no-good truck drivin' cheater. The contrast was just too much. I liked both characters, but I felt that the author was hitting me over the head with her point that it can happen to anyone.
I'm also very put off by the total lack of proofreading and copy editing these days. Misspellings and grammatical errors abound in this novel. I have seen worse, however, since purchasing my Kindle. I guess actual paper-and-ink books are still proofread and edited while virtual ones are not.
All in all, though, I did enjoy the book, and I would recommend it to others -- especially to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby.
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