Ordinary Miracles

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Since ORDINARY MIRACLES was first published in 1993, the range of treatments for combating infertility has expanded dramatically, but a generation of women having postponed childbearing has only added to the numbers of those in desperate need of these sometimes difficult, grueling, and expensive interventions. Meanwhile, the mix of feelings in longing for a baby remains as potent and poignant as ever.

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Overview

Since ORDINARY MIRACLES was first published in 1993, the range of treatments for combating infertility has expanded dramatically, but a generation of women having postponed childbearing has only added to the numbers of those in desperate need of these sometimes difficult, grueling, and expensive interventions. Meanwhile, the mix of feelings in longing for a baby remains as potent and poignant as ever.

"ORDINARY MIRACLES is bright and funny, intelligent and moving, generous and clever. It's not only a novel about infertility, but about a complex, successful marriage...What a joyous find!"

Molly Gloss, award-winning author of THE HEARTS OF HORSES

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
YA author Crew ( Children of the River ) makes her adult fiction debut with this simple, well-intentioned novel about a couple battling infertility. Gil and Betsy Bonden own a small farm in Mary's Bend, Ore., where he also teaches in the local middle school and she hangs wallpaper in remodeled houses. Married for a decade, Gil and Betsy are a happy, straightforward couple in their early 30s whose lives would be perfect if only they could have a baby. While Crew attempts to show the strain put upon a marriage, family relationships and friendships when a couple who desperately wants a child cannot conceive, she shies away from the more complicated emotions inherent in such a potentially destructive situation. Part of the problem is that the story is told mostly in Betsy's relentlessly perky voice, in which painful situations are met with such responses as ``gosh,'' ``what a bummer,'' ``what the heck,'' ``whoosh,'' and ``good grief.'' And nothing much happens beyond Betsy's next fertility treatment and her unremitting ``baby lust.'' Neither plot nor prose manages to strike more than one gentle note. However, readers who value the heartwarming over the complex will find Betsy Bonden a comforting and inspirational fictional companion. (Feb.)
Library Journal
With this new novel, Crew, well known for her young adult novels Children of the River ( SLJ 3/89), Someday I'll Laugh About This ( SLJ 5/90), and Nekomah Creek ( SLJ 8/91), successfully makes the transition to adult fiction . In this poignant story of a married couple's coming to terms with infertility, Crew manages to make her characters sympathetic without their becoming maudlin. The story opens with the line, ``If you go for the kind of story where the husband calls the wife `darling,' we better stop right here.'' This no-nonsense attitude sums up Betsy Bonden, who is both tough and vulnerable. Crew lets us in on the agony Betsy undergoes every month as she hopes for a baby, and the effect this has on her husband and family. Even her pregnant sister is affected: ``I mean, I can't win. If I complain about how tired or fat I feel it's thoughtless whining. If I rave about how happy I am, I'm rubbing it in.'' A touching, contemporary story. Recommended for general collections.-- Kathy Ingels Helmond, formerly with Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462026944
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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