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The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon
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Genevieve Gannon's novel certainly covers a lot of ground, it is emotive and will no doubt strike a chord with many. For many women it will be a difficult, heartbreaking read as it reflects on the devastation of failed IVF attempts and the financial, emotional, physical and mentally draining toll it takes on the couples and individuals involved. We are bought into a story that presents moral and legal dilemmas when a successful pregnancy is achieved but sadly due to a mix-up it is to the wrong person. The definition of 'motherhood' is fiercely debated and is taken to the courts to decide which couple have the right to have custody of the baby. It is a tense and well written novel that moves along quickly to the conclusion, I think Gannon perhaps could have spent a bit more time on the legalities and complexities of the situation - for me this was glossed over too much and took away from what could, and probably has been, a rare but possible situation within the reproductive fertility treatment health sector. A lot to think about and certainly brings to light the devastating sadness of lost pregnancies whether it be natural or through failed fertility attempts. It also highlights the joy and incredible privilege it is to become a parent whether the child is conceived naturally, by IVF or other options.
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Reading Progress

January 24, 2020 – Started Reading
January 24, 2020 – Shelved
January 30, 2020 – Finished Reading

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