"What if we could glance through the curtains to see our neighbors? What if we could not just see their actions, but hear their thoughts and know their histories?" With these questions in mind, this moving collection of twenty-four personal essays-from both emerging talents and established authors-illuminates the complexity of women's reproductive decisions.
In addressing a wide range of choices-from giving up a child for adoption to adopting a child, from having an abortion to bringing a pregnancy to full term, from using birth control or battling infertility to choosing not to have children at all-these brave women invite us into their lives, emotions, and physical struggles with searing honesty, grace, and humor. Together, these collected voices offer a look at the real, human stories behind the reproductive rights debate, and allow us to truly understand the meaning of the word "choice"-regardless of which side of the debate we stand on.
|Publisher:||MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Karen E. Bender is the author of the novel Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Story, and the Harvard Review, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories. She lives in North Carolina with her family and is currently working on a novel and collection of stories.
Nina de Gramont is the author of Of Cats and Men, a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including Isotope, Nerve, Exquisite Corpse, Post Road, and Seventeen, and her first novel, Gossip of the Starlings, is forthcoming in 2008.
Table of Contents
Introduction Karen E. Bender Nina de Gramont 1
The Ballad of Bobbie Jo Jacquelyn Mitchard 17
It Could Happen to You Sandy Hingston 29
If Susan Ito 39
Bearing Sorrow: A Birthmother's Reflections on Choice Janet Mason Ellerby 53
Thirty-four Years Old Today Pam Houston 69
Personal Belongings Kimi Faxon Hemingway 77
Termination Deborah McDowell 95
Conceiving is Not Always the Same as Having an Idea Catherine Newman 105
Harrison: Battling for the Chance to Make a Choice Harriette E. Wimms 111
Mother's Day in the Year of the Rooster Ann Hood 127
Donation Ashley Talley 137
Summer, 1959 Carolyn Ferrell 155
A Normal Woman Kate Maloy 173
The Decision Katie Allison Granju 187
No Stone Unturned K.A.C. 193
The Stories We Tell Katherine Towler 207
A Complicated Privilege Elizabeth Larsen 221
Woman of Heart and Mind Denise Gess 237
Matters of the Heart: To Be a Dragon Slayer Velina Hasu Houston 251
Trees in the Desert Sarah Messer 269
Portrait of a Mother Stephanie Andersen 289
Water Children Nina de Gramont 305
Accidents: A Family History of Choice Karen E. Bender 323
The Raw Edges of Human Existence: The Language of Roe v. Wade Francine Prose 337
Contributor's Biographies 345
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is wonderfully done. It is both intimate and stunning in its journey to look into the choices made by the women of this country involving parenthood. No choice is left out, and none exploited. There is no judgement offered, simply an up close and personal look. Very well done.