What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir

What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir

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by Alice Eve Cohen
     
 

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"Darkly hilarious...an unexpected bundle of joy."
-O, The Oprah Magazine


Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was rais­ing a beloved adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Then she started experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests,See more details below

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"Darkly hilarious...an unexpected bundle of joy."
-O, The Oprah Magazine


Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was rais­ing a beloved adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Then she started experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests, x-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice underwent a CAT scan that revealed the truth: she was six months pregnant.

At age forty-four, with no prenatal care and no insurance coverage for a high-risk pregnancy, Alice was besieged by opinions from doctors and friends about what was ethical, what was loving, what was right. With the intimacy of a diary and the suspense of a thriller, What I Thought I Knew is a ruefully funny, wickedly candid tale; a story of hope and renewal that turns all of the "knowns" upside down.

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A blackly humorous, deeply personal story from a playwright and solo theater artist. In 1999, Cohen (Writing and Theatre/The New School) was a 44-year-old divorcee raising an adopted daughter and dating a 34-year-old fellow performer. Her gynecological history was bleak-a DES daughter with an abnormal uterus, she had been told she was infertile and believed herself to be on the brink of menopause. When a hard lump appeared in her abdomen, she feared it was cancer. After some absurd misdiagnoses, however, she learned that she was six-months pregnant. In three "Acts," Cohen reveals her reactions to this news and the ensuing complications of a high-risk pregnancy, possibly damaged fetus and lack of adequate medical insurance. "Unbridled Good Fortune" ends with the author considering an abortion. "What I Know" chronicles the three anguished and often indecisive months that culminated with the birth of her baby. In "An Unexpected Life," Cohen discusses three therapy-filled years and, finally, a malpractice suit against the doctors who misdiagnosed her. Periodically, the author inserts lists titled "What I Know," the items of which change as she learns new "facts" and as her thoughts and feelings about the situation change. At times her humor is harsh, particularly in her caricatures of her endocrinologist and of certain students in her storytelling class. The questions that Cohen deals with-whether or not to abort, to place her baby up for adoption or to sue for malpractice-are serious, even controversial, and her frankness in dealing with them can be disconcerting. A memoir of a life in crisis that may challenge female readers to face some of their darkest fears. Author events in New YorkCity

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101050934
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
529,703
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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