The Stories We Cannot Tell

The Stories We Cannot Tell

by Leslie A. Rasmussen

Narrated by Alexandra Cohler

Unabridged — 8 hours, 11 minutes

The Stories We Cannot Tell

The Stories We Cannot Tell

by Leslie A. Rasmussen

Narrated by Alexandra Cohler

Unabridged — 8 hours, 11 minutes

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Overview

"THE STORIES WE CANNOT TELL is a fast-paced, beautifully written tribute to what we can and can't control and who we love in the process. A true delight. This book is GOOD!" -Zibby Owens, author of Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, and host of Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books



There may come a time when you will always remember what came before and what came after.



The Stories We Cannot Tell is a contemporary novel about the emotional journey of two women. Rachel is a thirty-year-old married, Jewish woman who's wanted a baby for a long time. Katie's a thirty-two-year-old single, Catholic woman who has been trying to find a man who'll stick around. We follow the women individually as they find themselves pregnant, Rachel happily, Katie, not. As they enter their second trimester, they're shocked to hear that there's something wrong with the babies they're carrying. The women meet in a support group and help each other through not only the excruciating decision they need to make, but through the issues that come with making that decision. These strong women become fast friends as they gain strength from each other and form a tight bond. and uncover surprising connections. The Stories We Cannot Tell is an inspirational, and heartwarming saga that explores pregnancy, love, hope, and family.

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Kirkus Reviews

2023-05-18
Rasmussen’s novel follows the courses of two pregnancies, each marked by trepidation, heartbreak, acceptance, and joy.

For Rachel, a 30-year-old kindergarten teacher in Los Angeles, a baby can’t come fast enough. She and her husband, Brett, have been trying for years, but when Rachel finally finds herself pregnant, the news ushers in a host of concerns: When to tell her parents? How to decorate the nursery? And the worst question a pregnant woman can ask herself: What if something is wrong with the baby? With compassion and warmth, the author sheds light on the physical and emotional roller coaster a pregnant woman experiences and the ways in which a pregnancy—whether it’s planned or not—upends one’s life. Alternating chapters tell the story of Katie, a 32-year-old single woman who becomes pregnant after a chance encounter with a former classmate. Raised in a dysfunctional household, Katie has serious concerns about raising a child alone, especially after she learns that her baby has a 1 in 3 chance of being born with Down syndrome. A devout Catholic, Katie seeks support from her church even as her circumstances force her to consider an abortion. After Rachel also learns of a threat to her fetus’s health, the two women meet in a support group and form a deep bond. The novel suffers from a few strained plot turns, such as Katie’s belated attempt to uncover her ancestral history, but its true heart is the friendship between Rachel and Katie, a connection that affirms the importance of chosen family. The author endows her characters with an endless capacity for light banter. In a novel that concerns miscarriages, abortions, fetuses with life-threatening conditions, and families cracking under pressure, this buoyant sense of humor sometimes feels jarring, but it does brighten up the mood, as in a tender scene between Rachel and Brett: “I think you should leave me and find someone who can give you a baby. What about Martha from the dry cleaner?” Brett responds, “You will never get rid of me; I love you too much….Besides, if things didn’t work out with Martha, I’d have to find another dry cleaner.”

A compassionate, nonjudgmental look at the difficult decisions that pregnant women face every day.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160606286
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication date: 03/26/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
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