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Young Skins by Colin Barrett
Young Skins


Winner of the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award


“A stunning debut . . . The timeless nature of each story means this collection can—and will—be read many years from now.” —Sunday Times

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“Affecting . . . astonishingly revealing . . . For six million similarly afflicted American couples, the lessons to be learned from this candid account are as much about love and marriage as about infertility.” —Kirkus Reviews
A Little Pregnant
Our Memoir of Fertility, Infertility, and a Marriage
By Linda Carbone
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3745-6 • $13.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2001
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What happens to your marriage, your sexuality, and your self-image when you try and fail year after year to do what comes effortlessly to almost everyone else: have a baby? How do you know when it is time to move on to the next level of medical intervention, or to adoption, and when it is time to stop?

In A Little Pregnant, Linda Carbone and Ed Decker offer a moving appraisal of their wrenching, confusing, frustrating, and sometimes comic attempts for nearly ten years to become parents. She feels ambivalent about having children; he has an urgent need to have them, at all costs. In alternating chapters, husband and wife present their own versions of their descent into medical and marital turmoil.

This is a story of self-discovery by two quirky observers, best friends who are deeply in love but who rarely find themselves in the same psychological place at the same time as the years and the diagnoses pile up. The endless parade of medical options makes the couple’s doctor a collaborator in their drama. His role is intensified as the wife’s friendship with him deepens into sexual desire. Meanwhile, the husband, obsessively nervous about producing sperm samples on demand and ever fearful that his wife will decide she’s had enough, finds himself in the grip of anxiety attacks that send him into therapy.

Written with a mesmerizing power and supple grace, this candid exploration of what infertility can do to a marriage ranges from heartbreaking to hilarious, from cynical to spiritual. Looking back on all the surgeries, miscarriages, fertility drugs, and adoption attempts, and on the small army of professionals called on to treat them, the couple examines the shifting permutations of loyalty and love that brought them through a decade of pain and promise—culminating in the quiet arrival of a child when all hope seemed lost.

For couples, for parents, for fertility patients, and for all of us who have ever desperately wanted something we couldn’t have or wondered how far we’d be willing to go for the person we love, this poignant, compelling memoir will linger in the mind and heart long after the last page is turned.

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