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Wanting a Child: Twenty-Two Writers on Their Difficult but Mostly Successful Quests for Parenthood in a High-Tech Age

by Jill Bialosky (Editor), Helen Schulman (Editor)

Other authors: Michael Bérubé (Contributor), Jill Bialosky (Contributor), Sophie Cabot Black (Contributor), Stephen Byrnes (Contributor), Kevin Canty (Contributor)17 more, Peter Carey (Contributor), Rita Gabis (Contributor), Jesse Green (Contributor), Amy Hempel (Contributor), Ann Hood (Contributor), Tama Janowitz (Contributor), Barbara Jones (Contributor), William Kotzwinkle (Contributor), Lynn Lauber (Contributor), Jenifer Levin (Contributor), Phillip Lopate (Contributor), Agnes Rossi (Contributor), Helen Schulman (Contributor), Bob Shacochis (Contributor), Lisa Shea (Contributor), Marly Swick (Contributor), L. N. Wakefield (Contributor)

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A collection of personal essays and fiction, Wanting A Child explores the alternative ways in which people become parents today. With humor, courage, pain, and joy, the writers in this collection share their complicated journeys to parenthood, whether they involve surrogacy, in-vitro fertilization, pregnancy after multiple miscarriages, or adoption. Tama Janowitz gives a hilarious account of her journey to bring her adoptive daughter home from China: Phillip Lopate describes the challenges of caring for an infant with a serious medical condition; and Agnes Rossi writes of her jubilation at giving birth to triplets after in-vitro fertilization. Also included are inspiring accounts of families that defy the traditional definition, from homes with same-sex partners to those with single parents or stepparents.The first book of its kind, Wanting A Child finally gives voice to the heartbreak, hope, and elation experienced by the many who discover that pregnancy and parenthood cannot be taken for granted.… (more)
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Bialosky, JillEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schulman, HelenEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bérubé, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bialosky, JillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, Sophie CabotContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byrnes, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carey, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gabis, RitaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, JesseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hempel, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hood, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Janowitz, TamaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kotzwinkle, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lauber, LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levin, JeniferContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lopate, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rossi, AgnesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schulman, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shacochis, BobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shea, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swick, MarlyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A collection of personal essays and fiction, Wanting A Child explores the alternative ways in which people become parents today. With humor, courage, pain, and joy, the writers in this collection share their complicated journeys to parenthood, whether they involve surrogacy, in-vitro fertilization, pregnancy after multiple miscarriages, or adoption. Tama Janowitz gives a hilarious account of her journey to bring her adoptive daughter home from China: Phillip Lopate describes the challenges of caring for an infant with a serious medical condition; and Agnes Rossi writes of her jubilation at giving birth to triplets after in-vitro fertilization. Also included are inspiring accounts of families that defy the traditional definition, from homes with same-sex partners to those with single parents or stepparents.The first book of its kind, Wanting A Child finally gives voice to the heartbreak, hope, and elation experienced by the many who discover that pregnancy and parenthood cannot be taken for granted.

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