Can You Feel This?
In the chaos of a maternity ward, memories of tragedy and grief come flooding back for an anxious mother-to-be as she struggles to balance her child’s needs with her own healing.
Rushed into an emergency cesarean section, a woman finds herself in the same hospital where her suicidal mother died. She’s buried the trauma of her mother’s last hours—and also the dread that she...more
Can You Feel This? is a tense emotional story of a woman during childbirth and the psychological turmoil with what happened her own mother, haunts her, and ignites the fear that she won’t be the dependable mother her child needs.
Emily is a young pregnant woman diagnosed with placenta previa and at thirty-six weeks she starts bleeding. In the emergency dash to the hospital, they decide to go to the nearest one and not the hospital they’d booked - the same hospital Emily’s mother’s body ...more
The main character suffers from placenta previa during her pregnancy. Both her and her husband, Ky, are worried about the survival of the baby. While prepping for her C-section to avoid complications, she remembers her painful childhood and the complications with her own mother. How will she mother her child when she wasn't mothered herself? Is she prepared? She worries about the challenges she will face after the baby is born and is concerned ...more
This new mother has a lot on her mind when she goes into labor prematurely. This is their first child and they thought they had everything planned out, the perfect hospital, how they wanted to deliver, etc. I have some personal insight into this because my daughter had also planned to deliver “her way” with a midwife,at a birthing center. However her ...more
I have not read anything by this author before but now I will. She writes beautifully and this story is so very evocative of the events of child birth. It is not possible to say much more without spoiling the story.
Very enjoyable and very well worth reading. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read ...more
Julie Orringer writes with such intensity in this short read combining the story of a risky C-section birthing with memories of a tumultuous up-bringing and what her mother did......
Whew! My fourth read in the Inheritance Collection.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Original Stories for the complimentary ebook in exchange for review.
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“Placenta previa is serious. A hundred years ago you’d surely die. The baby too. We don’t want you going into labor. Take no chances. Cancel all flights. No travel after week twenty-seven. No subway travel. No trains at all.”
. . . because if you suddenly bleed while you’re in the tunnel under the East River, you’ll both die. This begins like the a straightforward, albeit frightening, story of an average young couple (if there is any such thing) approaching the scheduled C-section of their first ...more
This is my kind of story. Told in second person, this short tale (32 pages) has a sense of urgency and poetry to it. Every bit of dialogue is so realistic, and it’s tinged with high-octane emotion. The talking itself is simple (and sort of choppy in a way that excites me), but its intensity matches the intensity of the experience we’re witnessing. There’s a certain rhythm that drew me in. All of this to say I loved this story to bits. It’s clever, intense, and well-told. ...more
At first I didn't like ...more
“ Can You Feel This” is a quick little read. A woman is rushed into hospital for an emergency caesarean. She is in the same hospital where her mother was taken when she committed suicide just a few years earlier.
An interesting and well written few words of fiction.
Thank you to the author, publisher for my early copy to read, for my honest review
Stressed, anxious, worried by the time they arrive at the closest ER when she experiences bleeding; another layer of distress is added to her mounting concerns. It is the hospital where they took her as a child the day her mother died, a day that still haunts her.
This will resonate with a lot of women, as it's about becoming a new mother, about the experience of being in a hospital after having a traumatic C-section, having this new person you're supposed to instantly connect with, know how to feed them and just keep them alive, while you're recovering from abdominal surgery and missing your own mother and father, both deceased.
I enjoyed Orringer second-person narration, there was a rawness ...more
The story is told from a second person perspective about a young woman who is thirty-six weeks pregnant and going in to early labour. She is anxious, afraid, unexperienced... all things to be expected for a first-time mother. I felt distressed and nervous for and with her, as if I was experiencing it in real time. I had twins at 36 weeks, and the anxiety I felt the first couple of days trying to get ...more
This is my favourite so far of the three Inheritence Collection stories I've read and I was surprised to find just how connected I felt to the unnamed central character and her husband Ky, especially as this was told in second person narrative. This ...more
Where is your mother? Where is she? Shouldn't there be exemptions? Shouldn't the dead be allowed family leave for emergencies?
I liked the Jewish references, as well as the beautiful descriptions of the mother's feelings towards her newborn. I think this may be the first book I've read that was written in second person narrative and unfortunately I found this very distracting.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Amazon Original Stories, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
A woman's has a C-Section, and gives birth to a baby boy. Her first few days have her ruminating about her fears of being a mother, and her memories of being in this hospital ...more
This is a little gem, I found this short story to be mesmerizing and to contain a brilliant character study of a mother before and after giving birth. Quiet, unassuming writing can sometimes wield great power and beauty, and this is exactly what I found in the pages of Can You Feel This?. The writing is marvelous and the story is compelling.
Thank you NetGalley, Julie Orringer and Amazon Original Stories for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all ...more
I have never read any books by Julie Orringer, but I really enjoyed her writing style and definitely plan to go back to her earlier books.
My one complaint of this story was the depiction of the lactation consultant and her being cold, hurried and rough.
This story is part of the Inheritance Collection ...more
This story takes us through the anxiety of a new mother and a caesarean birth, but also flashes back to her time in the hospital as a seven year old after her mother committed suicide.
I enjoyed the story, but the second person point ...more