Avalanche by Julia Leigh
A Love Story

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In a graphically detailed, at times solipsistic memoir, Australian novelist Leigh (Disquiet, 2008, etc.) chronicles her efforts, over several years, to conceive a child...A brutally honest and sad testimony of a desperate desire for motherhood.
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An intensely personal narrative of loss, hope, and longing for a child.

In this brave and lucid account, Julia Leigh broaches a challenging life event often left undiscussed: how the struggle to have a child can take an agonizing toll. Leigh’s experience at the vanguard of medical science is acutely rendered, physically and emotionally, transmitting what it feels like to so desperately wish for a child while knowing that the odds are stacked against you. From the daily shots she puts herself through at home, to hopes raised and dashed, and finally to the decision to stop treatment, Avalanche bears witness to Leigh’s raw desire, suffering, strength, and, in the end, transformation―a shift to a different kind of love. The reader looks behind the scenes of a clinic and discovers how things really work: reality is a far cry from the slick marketing of the billion-dollar infertility industry. As for so many women, Leigh’s treatment failed, but her ghost child lingers in memory.
 

About Julia Leigh

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Julia Leigh is an Australian writer who was included on the London Observer’s list of twenty-one writers to watch in the twenty-first century. She teaches creative writing at the Barnard College in New York.
 
Published August 1, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 132 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Apr 30 2016

In a graphically detailed, at times solipsistic memoir, Australian novelist Leigh (Disquiet, 2008, etc.) chronicles her efforts, over several years, to conceive a child...A brutally honest and sad testimony of a desperate desire for motherhood.

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Reviewed by Lara Feigel on Sep 14 2016

It is one of the first intelligent, personal accounts of the daily business of IVF, and as such will surely be a useful (albeit rather demoralising) resource for other women.

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