A moving collection of personal essays about the real, human experiences behind the highly politicized issue of reproductive choice. At a time when a woman’s most complex decisions have been reduced to political rhetoric and impersonal theory, and political debate has been hijacked by pundits and name-callers, Choice joins the discourse with an assortment of candid voices in an effort to humanize the debate about reproductive rights. In addressing a wide range of women’s choices — from using birth control to taking the morning-after pill, from adopting a child to putting a child up for adoption, from having an abortion to bringing a pregnancy to full term — Choice explores the complexities inherent in every reproductive decision.
Including twenty-four honest, heartrending essays from established writers such as Francine Prose, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Pam Houston, Ann Hood, and Sarah Messer and emerging talents such as Kimi Faxon Hemingway, Stephanie Anderson, and Ashley Talley, Choice will allow you to truly understand the meaning of the word “choice” — regardless of what side of the debate you stand on.
Praise for Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion
“This collection, compiled by two savvy fiction writers fed up with the bumper-sticker mentality of most pro-life and pro-choice arguments, illuminates the volume of options, obstacles and ambivalence that reproduction brings through personal, often painful stories of real women… Each tale is unique, and politically charged buzz terms (RU-486, Roe V. Wade, etc.) gain new impact nestling alongside these writers’ honest quests for basic human needs: love, nurturing, and above all, possibility.” —Publishers Weekly
“From adoption to abortion, birth to infertility, Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont’s anthology of stunningly honest essays encompasses all the contradictions and complicated emotions surrounding Choice.” —Vanity Fair
“The essays explore the complexities behind decisions women make about their reproductive lives….This collection offers exquisitely individual and candid looks at the meaning of choice.” —Booklist
“This anthology’s content is aptly described by its title, and the quality of its prose is what makes it distinctive. Both published novelists, editors Bender (Like Normal People) and de Gramont (Of Cats and Men) have assembled essays by 24 professional women writers who illuminate their deeply personal stories of relationships and sexuality with insight and grace.”—Library Journal