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Love Minus One & Other Stories Love, either the absence of or yearning for, is the theme that links that stories in this collection together. download this book at. Three Minus One book. Read 8 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Three Minus One: Parents' Stories of Love and Loss is a collection o. download the Paperback Book Love Minus One & Other Stories by Norma Harrs at nbafinals.info, Canada's largest bookstore. + Get Free Shipping on Fiction and.
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Whether we are eavesdropping on the imaginative Saturdays of a Portuguese cleaning lady or living through a divorced woman's search for the elusive orgasm. Norma Harrs manages in this collection of short stories to absorb the essence of her narrator's psyche with the clarity of a good actress who gets under the very skin of her characters. Love, either the absence of or yearning for, is the theme that links that stories in this collection together.
Love for a family member, a friend, a lover, or a husband, and sometimes that lack of reciprocity, is the element that gives the stories poignancy and force. The variety in these stories keeps the reader always guessing. The author doesn't limit us to the easy answers, but brilliantly provokes us to enlarge our own landscape.
They have affected me as a woman, a writer, as the mother I will Disclosure note: They have affected me as a woman, a writer, as the mother I will always believe I was meant to be, as a wife who shares forever-grief with her husband. In , the wife of writer-producer Sean Hanish gave birth to a stillborn son.
In their journey through sorrow and healing, Sean wrote the screenplay for a film. Return to Zero. Sean's original intention was to see this film distributed on the big screen.
But realizing he would reach a vastly greater audience on a solid television network, he signed on with Lifetime at the Rome Independent Film Festival in Italy earlier this year. Bravo, Sean. Congratulations for your brave and beautiful work. In tandem with the release of the movie and in the spirit of shattering the silence surrounding neonatal death, stillbirth, and miscarriage, Sean and Brook Warner, editor of She Writes Press, conceived an anthology of prose and poetry.
This collection of essays and poems speaks of pain and loss so profound, you are left breathless. Yet there is also incredible beauty, joy, and redemption. I can't get over so many things as I read: How baffled I am that I felt so alone for so long. In just a few lines Heather Bell's poem, Executioner , captures the absurdity of grief--the acknowledgement that life goes on, even as yours is falling apart, and the strange, sad ways people react--trying so hard to empathize, to understand, and botching it all, bless their hearts: And the baby is dead but we need lettuce in the house, maybe some bread for morning toast so I am at the store touching the potatoes at the spin, the slim wrists of carrot.
And the baby is dead so this entitles humans to talk about their dog's death, or gerbil's. This means I am expected to sympathize at their loss. Because all death becomes, somehow, equal Gabriela Ibarra Kotara reveals the Masters of Disguise that grieving parents become after the loss of a child: No one wants what happened to us to happen to them.
Marina del Vecchio Silent Miscarriage , Shoshanna Kirk, To Balance Bitter, Add Sweet , and Susan Rukeyser, Our Bloody Secret made me realize that I was not crazy for wanting to miscarry in my body's own time, even though it took weeks--the first time-- or left me writhing on the floor for hours, hyperventilating in pain--the second time--and that searching in the mass of blood and tissue for signs of your child's body is horribly, gruesomely, okay.
All this death and loss is not a thing you talk about--not in polite company. Not with strangers and rarely even with friends. And yet, death brought me to life. The deaths of my children brought me at last to the page, to be the other thing I've always known I was meant to be: Isn't that strange and awful and wonderful? I can't fulfill one destiny, but in its denial, I am walking the road of another. My essay Their Names touches on the discovery of another way to create life. Miscarriage affects an astonishing number of would-be parents: Mercifully, many of these occur so early that the mother doesn't know she was pregnant.
But sadly, many of us spend weeks and months planning for and anticipating life.
Stillbirth occurs in 1 of every births in the US and neonatal death--death within the first 28 days of life in every 85 births. Shocking, isn't it? It's probably happened to someone you know. If and when it does, a simple "I'm so sorry for your loss" and a hug would be a beautiful gift.
Offering this book would be such a lovely gesture, as well. Parents in mourning need to know they are not alone. This book offers all the right things to say and do and feel and not feel.
It is an embrace of compassion and empathy. View all 8 comments.
Jun 29, Nina rated it it was amazing. Powerful heartbreaking, validating. This book helps break the silence around baby loss, a silence that needs to be shattered. May 12, Rebecca Shelton rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed that the book gave a voice to so many parents who have experienced infant loss, stillbirth and miscarriage. I feel that there are a good number of people today who don't understand mourning for a child that was never given the chance to live outside of the mother's womb.
Even those that seem to understand want to put a time limit on how long a parent can "acceptably" mourn.