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Joy, Interrupted by Melissa Miles McCarter
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Jun 02, 2013

it was amazing
Read from March 30 to June 02, 2013

Disclaimer: I am a contributor to this anthology

McCarter has put together a phenomenal anthology on motherhood and loss. The prose, poetry, and art cover diverse situations, ranging from infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and SIDS to adoption, disability, and illness. There is even work discussing the relationship with and/or death of one’s own mother.

The collection starts with a poignant introduction by McCarter stating why she put this anthology together. The book is organized in 5 sections which loosely follow the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. McCarter provides an intro to each section describing the theme. The contributors are as diverse as the topics. Some are well-published, and for others, this anthology is their first publishing credit. International perspectives on motherhood and loss are represented. The artwork is heartbreakingly beautiful.

In her intro, McCarter writes:
I have realized that, in every action of mothering, of being mothered, of wanting to mother, we live in the space between joy and grief, sometimes gravitating to one more than the other.
This anthology reflects this space between joy and grief.

Indeed it does. This is a book to be re-read, shared with friends, given as a gift, and donated to agencies and support groups helping parents cope with the loss of a child.
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