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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: This Lovely Life

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

This Lovely Life by Vicki Forman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: July 23, 2009

Vicki Forman gave birth to Evan and Ellie, weighing just a pound at birth, at twenty-three weeks’ gestation. During the delivery she begged the doctors to "let her babies go" — she knew all too well that at twenty-three weeks they could very well die and, if they survived, they would face a high risk of permanent disabilities. However, California law demanded resuscitation. Her daughter died just four days later; her son survived and was indeed multiply disabled: blind, nonverbal, and dependent on a feeding tube.

This Lovely Life tells, with brilliant intensity, of what became of the Forman family after the birth of the twins — the harrowing medical interventions and ethical considerations involving the sanctity of life and death. In the end, the longdelayed first steps of a five-year-old child will seem like the fist-pumping stuff of a triumph narrative. Forman’s intelligent voice gives a sensitive, nuanced rendering of her guilt, her anger, and her eventual acceptance in this portrait of a mother’s fierce love for her children. (from Barnes and Noble)

About the author: VICKI FORMAN’s work has appeared in the Seneca Review and the Santa Monica Review as well as in the anthologies Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, This Day: Diaries from American Women, and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. She lives in La Canada, California.

Excerpt from This Lovely Life

This Lovely Life
Publication Date: July 23, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780547232751
272 pages


bermudaonion said...

The book sounds good and the cover's great!

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

I feel that this is a tough book to read, a difficult situation and a hard way to acceptance.

I would very much like to read it.

Jess said...

This sounds like such a sad book, I don't know if I would be able to read it. Great find though.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Wow, this really does sound like an intense read. I like these type of stories though, because it's usually very interesting. Nice find for sure!!


Missy B. said...

This sounds like a good one!

Jill said...

This one sounds great!

As for John Irving, I highly recommend "A Widow for One Year"...


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