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An Empty Lap

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"Joe and I had been forthright about children. I was pretty sure I wanted them, Joe was pretty sure he didn't. Since we each perceived in the other some room for movement, the difference didn't worry us. Then priorities shifted, needs changed...."
In her late thirties, journalist Jill Smolowe's life and career at Time magazine was on track. Her husband, Joe, was still her
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Atria Books (first published October 1st 1997)
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Mar 29, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
This book was written by a journalist and it shows. Rather than a novel with a tied up surprise ending it is the chronicle of one couple’s journey through infertility to eventually adopting a baby from China. It’s a glimpse into the experience of infertility.

Like all couples these Jill and her husband begin the conception journey optimistically, assuming things will work out well. After all, all those years of worrying about conceiving at the wrong time, taking birth control pills and diligently
Apr 16, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
What struck me most in this book was how determined the author was to adopt, and how it nearly destroyed her marriage. In fact, I think the husband requested a divorce from her when they were boarding the plane - said something to the effect of, "I'll complete the adoption papers with you, but then I'm out of here". It changed later, the husband fell in love with the little girl and was a good daddy, but still.
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Dec 03, 2013 Deborah Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for any couple struggling with infertility and the impact it has on an individual (woman) psyche and the relationship with a spouse. So cathartic!!!
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Jill Smolowe is the author of the memoirs "Four Funerals and a Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief" and "An Empty Lap: One Couple’s Journey to Parenthood", and co-editor of the anthology "A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents". An award-winning journalist, she has been a foreign affairs writer for Time and Newsweek, and a senior writer for People, where she currently specializes i ...more
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