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Brought me a huge amount of comfort in my own grief,
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This review is from: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir (Paperback)
Like others, I first read this book in the excerpt in O Magazine in August. I was pregnant, and actually wondered whether I should read it because it dealt with the death of a baby, and I didn't know if I should expose myself to thoughts like that which I might find upsetting in my "delicate condition." But it seemed inspirational and so I read it, and cried; in part because I was hormonal and cried at everything then, and mostly because of the story.
Two months later I got the flu and an infection crossed over to my son and I had to deliver him, stillborn. In the midst of the heartbreak and agony, I remembered the excerpt and wondered how I could find it again. I hadn't written down the author's name, or the title, and I figured I could google it and find it, but hadn't done so before someone posted it on a grief message board. I read the excerpt again, and it felt so strange to be reading it again, on the other side of my own tragedy that was unfolding.
Since then I've read the complete book, sent the excerpt to friends, and read it out loud to my husband, who cried - he's only cried in front of me during this tragedy twice - he's been being strong for me.
If you've ever experienced the loss of a pregnancy, or have friends who have (and chances are, you do have friends who have, given that 1 in 4 women will experience this heartbreak) you need to read this book. It puts into words how I feel, and what I want others to know about how I feel. Thank you, Elizabeth McCracken, for writing such an eloquent memoir.
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