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Thursday, June 11, 2009

ARC Arrival: This Lovely Life

This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood by Vicki Forman

Publisher: Houghton Miflin Harcourt

I received this novel direct from the author. Thank you Vicki!

About the book: 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 website)

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.

This Lovely Life
Publisher/Publication Date: Houghton Miflin Harcourt, July 23, 2009
ISBN: 9780547232751
263 pages


bermudaonion said...

I got this one, too. It looks so good!

Becca said...

This looks interesting, Kristi! You are only really exposed to the most sensational premature baby stories, such as octuplets or their first moments in life. Rarely do you get to see the real impact on families long term with disabilities a factor. I look forward to your review.


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