Rebecca McPhedran's Reviews > Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir
A memoir written by Hampton about the year following her daughters birth. Her daughter was unexpectedly born with Down Syndrome-and it was a major shock to Hampton and her family. In the beginning of the book Hampton is basically mourning the loss of the child she thought she was going to have. It was a poor me scenario-with the loss of the idea of perfection-Hampton was complaining about all of the struggles she (as the mother) would have to go through. Towards the end of the book she talks more about her daughter and what she would be dealing with-and I liked her a little more at the end of the book-she accepted her fate as a mother of a baby with "designer genes". I found this book to be a bit self indulgent on the part of the author. She was feeling the pain and the sadness, but what about this small person with major struggles ahead of her? A beautiful book full of family photographs-it certainly is eye-catching. My thoughts would be with her daughter-what if she picks this book up in 15 years and reads it? Would Hampton be proud of what she wrote? My hope is yes-because ultimately at the end of this story-she accepts her lot in life, and does the best she can with her one wild and crazy life...
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