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Avalanche: A Love Story Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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“It is one of the first intelligent, personal accounts of the daily business of IVF, and as such will surely be a useful (albeit rather demoralising) resource for other women. She describes the grueling rounds of injections, blood tests and scans, and the bloating and physical depletion that result. However, it’s a book that rightly has wider ambitions, because these insistent, lengthy attempts to become pregnant raise more elemental questions about what it means to desire a child.”
- The Guardian
“With searing intelligence and unflinching emotional clarity, Julia Leigh lays bare the exacting nature of desire. Avalanche is consummately ravishing.”
- Tracy K. Smith, author of Ordinary Light
“An astonishing and unfliching personal account of an IVF journey--fiece, touching and redemptive.”
- Jane Campion
“Julia Leigh writes beautifully and honestly and has a rare gift for bringing the reading along as if a trusted friend. Her stories of love and loss, friendship and sorrow make Avalanche entirely relatable.”
- Amy Richard, author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself
“Leigh's a star and this account of IVF has all her brilliant luminosity.”
- Chloe Hooper, author of and The Engagement
“Deeply personal, insightful and raw―Julia Leigh's story of her desire for a baby is beautifully told. I didn't want to put this brave book down for a second.”
- Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep
About the Author
Julia Leigh is the author of The Hunter, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Disquiet, winner of the Encore Award (UK). She lives in Sydney, Australia.
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Leigh ultimately decides to pursue motherhood alone and quickly finds herself on the slippery slope of fertility treatments. Here she gives a vivid account of the grueling realities of IVF, the many unknowns of reproductive medicine, and the lucrative business of baby-making. She also writes frankly about the emotional and physical toll of treatments, all of which is dismissed by her clinic doctor, who asks, “But how are you financially?”
This compelling story is an important book for anyone considering treatments, and also for friends and family members looking to gain insight, understand, and most of all, compassion.
Her storytelling is insightful, moving and totally engrossing, and I simply couldn't put the book down!
This book is an absolute must for anyone undergoing fertility treatment and/or wanting some insight and comfort at the end of the Journey.
From there we go on a journey with the author, starting at age 38, when she decides to do whatever it takes to conceive and when she is in a relationship with Paul, an erstwhile flame 2 decades ago who now is available again, The book is brutally honest in every which way, including the relationship--and eventual marriage--with Paul. In 2011, the author's script for a movie called "Sleeping Beauty" is unexpectedly green-lighted and she will direct. "I told Paul I wanted us to stop trying to get pregnant. I said I would take precautions for six months until the film was shot and I was in the edit. It made him wary, and wariness, in retrospect, is poison in a union." Much of the book covers the clinical aspects of IVF, as well as the (considerable) financial aspects (frozen egg cycle: $2,597; ICSI: $701; etc.). Along the way, the author shares her emotional roller coaster freely: "I Now I don't care but for a long time I was circumspect about telling people I was doing IVF. I didn't want to tell my friends who were new mothers and obsessed with their babies; I didn't want to tell friends who were either at ease not being mothers or those who founs themselves childless in circumstances similar to mine."
"Avalanche" is a quick read but a gut-wrenching book, both in its honestly and its despair. I had read about this book from a review in Entertainment Weekly, of all places. So glad I picked it up, even though I (middle-class 56 yr. old guy) am not likely to be the intended target audience. But I love memoirs, and this one stands out, for the reasons already mentioned. "Avalanche" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!