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Can You Feel This?

(Inheritance Collection #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  174 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published December 19th 2019 by Amazon Original Stories
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Angela M
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific short story from the Amazon Original Short Stories Inheritance Collection. This is the third one that I have read and it’s the third one that is deserving of five stars. Narrated in the second person, an interesting point of view that adds to the power of the story. A mother to be is rushed to the hospital, an emergency situation, but not to the hospital she is supposed to deliver at. Instead, the nearest hospital, one that brings to mind awful childhood memories of losing her ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
What an emotional and engaging short story that gets you thinking and caring , Can You Feel this? is part of the Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. This is my second story in the collection and I have to admit I do struggle with short stories but this one really worked for me, I could really connect with the characters and the story and found myself totally engaged. sometimes I find on finishing a short story ...more
Julie Orringer's Can You Feel This? is another in the Amazon Inheritance short stories collection that have turned out to be so spectacularly good. This story features a pregnant woman being rushed to a New York hospital by her partner, Ky, when she starts to bleed. Frantic and worried, Ky makes his way to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately. this is a hospital that holds grief and traumatic memories for the woman, a childhood and a past she has never talked about or revealed to anyone, not even ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in second person, Can You Feel This? is a short story that is part of the Inheritance series. It describes the experience of a woman who suffers from placenta previa and gives birth to her baby at a hospital where twenty-eight years ago, her mother's body was brought, after she'd committed suicide. Having promised herself to never bring a child into this world—fearing that she would become like her suicidal mother after giving birth—the woman tries to find the joy in motherhood while ...more
"If a baby is dead, is it said to have been born?"

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
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Another short story from the Inheritance collection. I have never read this author so these short stories are a great way to explore new authors.

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
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
This is one of five short stories published as the Amazon Original Stories Inheritance Collection. It is the third one I have read and I will now definitely have to go back for the other two!

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
Yikes! What a first read of 2020!

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.

Brenda -Traveling Sister
Can You Feel This? is the third one I have read in the Amazon Original Short Stories Inheritance Collection. This story is narrated in the second person and at first, it felt a bit odd. I then started to get into the flow and found it an interesting and harrowing way to tell the story. I felt like I became part of the story as I was put in the shoes of the characters here. This one didn't leave me thinking as much but Yes!!! I could feel it and the anxieties the character was feeling.

I received
Elyse  Walters
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YES... YES...YES!!!! .... I felt this!

Julie Orringer is an awesome author....
Very talented!!!!

She packs a punch into this short story!!!

“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
Pow, right in the kisser!

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.
This is the second of the five Inheritance Collection short stories I have read. It’s about a woman giving birth to her first baby and her fears that she will not be a fit mother. Despite her misgivings, she ultimately attempts to gather her fortitude to make sure her child will have a much better mother than she did. It’s a strong story and well worth the less than an hour it takes to read it. I did demerit it for the second person POV, which I found awkward. Otherwise, it is a moving tale that ...more
Lori Lamothe
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I've mentioned in my other reviews of Inheritance, I wasn't sure what to expect from this collection. I'd never heard of Amazon Original Stories and still don't know what else they've published. But after reading three of the five stories, I can say this is top-notch short fiction from some of the best authors out there. And Julie Orringer's “Can You Feel This?” is just as good as Alice Hoffman's “Everything My Mother My Taught Me” and Anthony Marra's “The Lion's Den.”

At first I didn't like
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good one in the Inheritance Collection. Emily is pregnant and has placenta previa. Her husband Ky rushes her to the nearest hospital and a Caesarian is performed. Unfortunately, this is the same hospital where Emily’s mother died when she was a little girl. She has hidden this from Ky. She is beset with troubling memories and feelings about her past and is full of fear which she needs to overcome if she and the baby are to survive and they are to be a family. I really enjoyed this one ...more
I have just finished reading an “Amazon Original Stories” by Julie Orringer.

“ 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

#CanYouFeelThis #NetGalley
Another great short story from the Amazon Inheritence Collection. A women expecting her first child suddenly finds herself having an emergency caesarian four weeks before her baby is due. Bleeding heavily she is taken, not to the hospital where she had booked her delivery, but to the hospital, where as a young child, her mentally disturbed mother died from a traumatic suicide. As she recovers from surgery and tries to care for her baby she reflects on her relationship with her mother and whether ...more
A young woman, thirty-six weeks along in her pregnancy, is counting the days until her scheduled C-section date. She knows the signs to watch for, and if need be, what to do in case of bleeding. Go to the closest emergency room.

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.

Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4+] Wow! A riveting story about a mother's feelings before, during and after giving birth. Perfectly narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen.
Another excellent short story from the Amazon Original Stories.

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
Janice Boychuk
This is the second in the Inheritance Collection of short stories from Amazon Original Stories.

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
Sharon Metcalf
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Julie Orringer is another author I'd never read prior to discovering The Inheritence collection. If her short story (novella?) Can You Feel This? is any indication of the type of novel she writes I'll definitely be seeking out her other titles.

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
A wonderful short story about childbirth and becoming a mother.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio, 2020, novella
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.
Kat Dietrich
Can You Feel This by Julie Orringer is a short story.

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
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becoming a new mother can be daunting especially when memories of one’s own mother are anything but positive. An interesting look at the transition from being childless to having one’s first baby.

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
Bonnie DeMoss
Can You Feel This is the story of a young mother-to-be who goes to the hospital to give birth to her first child after a scare with placenta previa. Unbeknownst to everyone else in her life, it's the same hospital where her mother was taken after committing suicide.

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
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Julie Orringer is an American author born in Miami, Florida. Her first book, How to Breathe Underwater, was published in September 2003 by Knopf Publishing Group. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Pushcart Prize ...more

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