Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Twenty-four True Stories About Childbirth

Book - 2008
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Unique in its honesty and depth, Great Expectations collects 24 moving stories in an anthology perfect for any parent-to-be. Lynn Coady describes her own traumatic teenage pregnancy and the anguish of giving her child up for adoption. Peter Behrens details the two extremes he ricocheted between during his first child's birth: helplessness and joy. Christy Ann Conlin describes pregnancy and birth at age 40. Anne Fleming contemplates her same-sex partner's artificial insemination and the subsequent birth of their daughter. Edited by two acclaimed, prize-winning authors -- both of whom also contribute stories -- this stunning collection explores childbirth across age, sexuality, race, and gender, uniting everyone who has been touched by this awesome experience.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780887847783
Branch Call Number: 819.4 GRE
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Moore, Lisa 1964-
Crane, Dede

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Feb 06, 2015

I've read this twice now. Very much enjoy the stories of each birth - how different they are, how differently they're told, who they're told by. Such a range here, from parents recalling more than one birth to new mothers recalling a recent birth experience to fathers and how being present at a birth affected them. There's even a piece by Joseph Boyden, which actually starts with a death. A literary look at the beginning of life. Someone who's never had a baby might not be interested; anyone who has would probably enjoy this. Tears & laughter both.

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