Girl in Glass: How My

Girl in Glass: How My "Distressed Baby" Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles

by Deanna Fei


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Girl in Glass: How My "Distressed Baby" Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles by Deanna Fei

Deanna Fei was just five-and-a-half months pregnant when she inexplicably went into labor. Minutes later, she met her tiny baby who clung to life support inside a glass box. Fei was forced to confront terrifying issues: How to be the mother of a child she could lose at any moment. Whether her daughter would survive another day—and whether she should. But as she watched her daughter fight for her life, Fei discovered the power of the mother-child bond at its most elemental.

A year after she brought her daughter home from the hospital, the CEO of AOL—her husband's employer—set off a national firestorm about the children he had called “distressed babies.” By blaming the beautiful, miraculously healthy little girl for a cut in employee benefits, he attached a price tag to her life.

Girl in Glass is the riveting story of one child's harrowing journey and a powerful distillation of parenthood. With incandescent prose and an unflinching eye, Fei explores the value of a human life: from the spreadsheets wielded by cost-cutting executives to the insidious notions of risk surrounding modern pregnancy; from the wondrous history of medical innovation in the care of premature infants to contemporary analyses of what their lives are worth; and finally, to the depths of her own struggle to make sense of her daughter's arrival in the world. Above all, Girl in Glass is a luminous testament to how love takes hold when a birth defies our fundamental beliefs about how life is supposed to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620409916
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Deanna Fei is the author of the award-winning novel A Thread of Sky. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Fei has received a Fulbright Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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MDoron More than 1 year ago
This is a truly extraordinary book. As a neonatologist, I've dealt with premature babies and their families for more than twenty years; yet the window GIRL IN GLASS provides into the emotional turmoil, wrenching family dynamics, and sometimes casually cruel behavior of medical professionals and workplace colleagues in response to an extremely premature birth still left me amazed, with my stomach in knots and mind churning. Deanna Fei’s account is acutely felt and expressed in every detail; unflinchingly honest; powerfully insightful; and brave in its exposure. Her analysis of the lack of privacy of personal health information and its misuse by employers and insurers is eye-opening and a warning to us all.