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Knocked Up, Knocked Down: Postcards of Miscarriage and Other Misadventures from the Brink of Parenthood Paperback – April 15, 2010
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The honesty with which Monica crafts each of her postcard-like narratives targets our hearts and stomachs with surgical precision. One moment we hold her hand and cry with her as her physician quietly coveys dire news, and the next we gyrate with her on the basement floor of her home during a disco dance she had organized for her expectant friends. From one alternately hilarious and terrifying tale to the next, we laugh and we cry. We hope and we heal. And as we accompany Monica on her journey, we never stop cheering for her to reach that maddeningly elusive goal of motherhood.
A note to male readers: This book is as much for us as it is for our female friends, family members, and loved ones. With grace, wit, charm, humor, and humility, Mrs. Murphy Lemoine teaches us that life's most horrendous experiences amount to far more than the damage they inflict. Indeed, she shows us that the graver the wound the greater the opportunity for emotional and spiritual growth.
After watching my own mother go through the trauma of a miscarriage and loss of a child, I better understand through Monica the trials and battles fought by these brave women. This book serves as a wonderful lesson in empathy, love, and survival. It is not only for survivors, but would benefit anybody affected by the loss of a child.
Wonderfully woven together. I laughed, I cried, I came away replete.