- File Size: 642 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1783061871
- Publisher: Matador (January 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I3LDRH6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,461,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author writes about her journey with unflinching directness and honesty. She has a paralyzing fear that the wrong sperm will be used to fertilize her eggs. She and her partner submit to financial devastation to afford treatment after treatment (I was delighted when she observed that money becomes like Monopoly money, an analogy I use nearly every day). She goes from workaholic to taking a sabbatical in an attempt to cope and improve the chances of having a successful cycle. Her relationship nearly doesn’t survive; she and her partner, both strained to the core, fight so viciously one night she hurls things at him and kicks him, and they briefly separate afterward. She yields to treatment she considers insane—both medical and alternative—in the name of trying anything.
This is what infertility does. It turns you inside out, and demands. It infiltrates everything and promises nothing.
Perhaps most poignantly, the author closes the book without having gotten her happy ending, acknowledging that her pursuit of motherhood has become a life all its own, but firm that it will be followed with a new life of goodness, whether with child or without. I hope she can feel her readers still pulling for her long after we put the book down.
Unexplained infertility is a special form of torment that I hear about every day in support groups. Give me a reason, these smart, resourceful women rightfully cry. Give me a problem so that I may have hope of a solution. I think that knife twists especially sharply in someone with the organizational style and pragmatic temperament of the author, which I share. I also appreciated reading the rare secular infertility memoir. While I am all for people getting through however they can, I find the ubiquitous lament that God will grant a baby in His time chafing.
All in all, I recommend this book finds its way to the top of anyone’s infertility memoir list.
Top international reviews
Jessica tells her story with warmth, humour, an edge of sadness, but never with self pity. You will find yourself laughing & crying, but most importantly for anyone of us who is in this situation, you will say - 'that's exactly how I feel'.
Unless you find yourself walking up the steps of an IVF clinic, you wont understand the feelings of hope, disappointment & loneliness that is felt by everyone of us in Jessica's situation. - That is why this book is so important. Its a story that needs to be told & its about time the subject of Infertility had a voice!
Well done Jessica & thank you for telling your story.
A great read that I'd recommend to others on the rollercoaster that is infertility. Thank you.
Thank-you Jessica for letting 'us' in to your most private self,your world! I am sure that many women will find the read inspiring & super informative! I am full of admiration for your strength,courage & fight!
This book is not just about the pursuit of motherhood, but also about womanhood. Hepburn's is a voice, brave enough to speak out about the difficult topic of infertility, which is too often brushed aside or left unacknowledged.
I really hope this book's appeal will be widespread as it's a great piece of writing regardless of your own position in relation to the 'pursuit of motherhood'.