Impossible Motherhood by Irene Vilar
Testimony of An Abortion Addict

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5 Critic Reviews

...Occasionally Impossible Motherhood drags with digressions, and I would have liked a little more in the “why” category...
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Synopsis

Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage—a union of impossible odds—and fifteen abortions in fifteen years. Vilar knows that she is destined to be misunderstood, that many will see her nightmare as an instance of abusing a right, of using abortion as a means of birth control. But it isn't that. The real story is part of an awful secret, shrouded in shame, colonialism, self-mutilation, and a family legacy that features a heroic grandmother, a suicidal mother, and two heroin-addicted brothers. It is a story that looks back on her traumatic childhood growing up in the shadow of her mother's death and the footsteps of her famed grandmother, the political activist Lolita Lebrón, and a history that touches on American exploitation and reproductive repression in Puerto Rico. Vilar seamlessly weaves together past, present, and future, channeling a narrative that is at once dramatic and subtle.

Impossible Motherhood
is a heartrending and ultimately triumphant testimonial told by a writer looking back on her history of addiction. Abortion has never offered any honest person easy answers. Vilar's dark journey through self-inflicted wounds, compulsive patterns, and historical hauntings is a powerful story of loss and mourning that bravely delves into selfhood, national identity, reproductive freedom, family responsibility, and finally motherhood itself—today, Vilar is the mother of two beautiful children.


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About Irene Vilar

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Irene Vilar Irene Vilar was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her memoir The Ladies' Gallery (Other Press, 2009) was a Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press notable book of the year and was short-listed for the 1999 Mind Book of the Year Award. She is a literary agent and editor of The Americas series at Texas Tech University Press.
 
Published October 5, 2009 by Other Press. 241 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Dec 10 2009

...Occasionally Impossible Motherhood drags with digressions, and I would have liked a little more in the “why” category...

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Excellent
on Oct 20 2009

Her wrenchingly rendered journey through historical hauntings and compulsiveness will not leave any reader unmoved.

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Pajiba

Good
on Mar 16 2010

Like it or hate it, this book did inspire a lot of emotion in me. Vilar is a powerful writer and I would enjoy reading more of her writing.

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Oregon Live

Good
on Nov 07 2009

It's when Vilar takes us most deeply into her story that "Impossible Motherhood" is most compelling...

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ForeWord Reviews

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That she has been able to bloom in her own way as a writer of brutal honesty and profound intelligence reveals the strong, courageous spirit of a survivor.

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