Heather's Reviews > Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother

Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein
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May 14, 08

bookshelves: adult-literature, memoir
Read in May, 2008

In Waiting for Daisy, Peggy Orenstein writes a candid memoir about the struggle she had while trying to conceive. Peggy waited until her mid to late 30s to try to conceive a baby with her husband. While trying to get pregnant, Peggy found out she had breast cancer. Once she recovered from that, Peggy and her husband started trying to get pregnant again, only to experience one misfortune after the other in their quest to have a child. They had several miscarriages, sought advice from a variety of infertility doctors telling them different things, tried to work through the red-tape surrounding international adoptions, all the while trying to uphold careers and a relationship. Peggy writes honestly about how her hormones and emotions were affected by this struggle, and she discusses its effect on her marriage. Although Peggy got a little whiny for my taste, I have to admire her for her candor and ability to lay it on the line for her readers - the difficulties of trying to have a family can really change you as a person, and she does not shy away from that reality. Peggy's story has a happy ending since she and her husband finally gave birth to a daughter whom they named Daisy. A side note: Peggy's writing career took her to Japan during the book - you learn quite a bit about Japanese customs, Hiroshima, and the Maidens from World War II.
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