About what was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope

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Penguin Group, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 266 pages
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In this intimate anthology, twenty writers explore the grief and sadness--and hope--that living through a miscarriage can bring.

Featuring such notable writers as Pam Houston, Joyce Maynard, Caroline Leavitt, Susanna Sonnenberg, and Julianna Baggott, among many others, About What Was Lost is the only book that uses honest, eloquent, and deeply moving narrative to provide much-needed solace and support on the subject of pregnancy loss.

Today, as many as one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. And yet, many women are surprised to find that instead of simply grieving the end of a pregnancy, they feel as if they are mourning the loss of a child. Taken aback by their sorrow, they seek solace in similar perspectives--only to find that a silence and lingering stigma surrounds the topic. Revealing a wide spectrum of experiences and perspectives, this powerful collection offers comfort and community for the millions of women (and their loved ones) who experience this all-too-common kind of loss every year.

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Jessica Berger Gross teaches creative nonfiction at the Harvard Extension School, and writes a monthly column on international adoption for Literary Mama, the online magazine. Her articles and essays have appeared on Salon.com and in Yoga Journal.

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