GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES + 5 YEARS: This is Jenny Offill meets Jennifer Close. It’s for the women who read Girls in White Dresses five years ago when all their friends were getting married and are now in the “baby phase,” whether they like it or not.
REAL WRITING ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOTHERHOOD: Real writing about motherhood is not as common as it would seem. These are poignant, relatable stories, across the spectrum of motherly possibilities, not nightmares or sugar-coated fairy tales.
MULTIPLE AUDIENCES: This is about women and babies in every iteration. Young women who want a realistic portrayal of what it will be like, women struggling with reproductive health, mothers looking to see a narrative of their actual experiences, and older women looking back on the baby days. If you’ve had a baby or even thought about it, there’s something here for you. We’ll capitalize on this with a publication in time for Mother’s Day.
THEMATICALLY LINKED: Short-story collections can be tough, but the thematic linkage is an advantage that we’ve done well with before (i.e. American Housewife and Girls in White Dresses).
TIMELY: Explores pertinent issues around women’s lives and reproductive choices that are in the news today and (hopefully) becoming less taboo by the minute—miscarriage, infertility, abortion, and postpartum depression.
“Nearly every imaginable experience related to reproduction and new parenthood are the territory of this incisive story collection. Armed with wit, tenderness and candor, Rosenwaike helps obliterate any taboos that may still exist surrounding the tribulations of women’s reproductive lives.”
—PEOPLE (Book of the Week)
“Each contained narrative offers a candid look into one of the most intimate choices a woman can make with humor and heart.”
“Rosenwaike fully inhabits the interiority of these and other women — and though they reside in overlapping spheres, each is distinct in her desires, jealousies, fears, and hopes.”
“An honest portrayal…From infertility to postpartum depression, [Rosenwaike] dares to show us the intimate conversations many women have behind closed doors. You won’t believe it’s her debut.”
“Whatever your stance on becoming a mom, you’ll want to read this book.”
“[A] debut collection of stories that should be required reading for all women of childbearing years…It’s a book I wish I had…precise, quirky and magical”
“A frank, smart, poignant-without-being-sentimental story collection”
—CURTIS SITTENFELD, author of YOU THINK IT, I’LL SAY IT
“The stories in this collection of short fiction explore every facet of motherhood … treating the most intimate details of women’s lives with ruthless attention and tender care. If you loved Danielle Lazarin’s Back Talk, this is for you.”
—MARY LAURA PHILPOTT, author of I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK
“I rejoiced in this collection. A radical, unflinching cycle of stories that radiate with truth and depth and care. I could weep for how good it is to see such rich, profound narratives about women’s reproductive lives. Happy tears.”
—ELISA ALBERT, author of AFTER BIRTH
“With incisive pluck, Rosenwaike’s stories turn an empathetic and humorous eye on the time in women’s lives when the question of motherhood—-whether gained or lost or desired at all—is central. Rosenwaike fearlessly plumbs the depths of women’s interior lives, giving due space to their complexity, gravity, and lightness.”
—DANIELLE LAZARIN, author of BACK TALK
“Whatever choices Polly Rosenwaike’s characters make, they struggle and question and find joy, and through their stories we come to understand parenthood and its influence all the more deeply. Rosenwaike’s debut is funny, honest, and written with grace and empathy.”
—EDAN LEPUCKI, author of WOMAN NO.17 and CALIFORNIA
“In this lovely collection, Polly Rosenwaike deftly traverses the season of life that is often collapsed into the shorthand ”childbearing years,“ honoring the pain, joy, and possibility that accompanies women’s reproductive lives with her nuanced and entertaining stories. I felt bereft when I came to the end.”
—LYDIA KIESLING, author of GOLDEN STATE
”Each story in Look How Happy I’m Making You is a lovely universe unto itself—funny, intimate, casually profound—but there is something transcendent about reading them together like this. Rosenwaike’s women all have different desires, different fates, different circumstances, but each of them conquers the maddening unknown of motherhood with richness and depth.“
—MEAGHAN O’CONNELL, author of AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING
“The world wants one story: pregnant glow, new mother tired but ever-grateful, ever-in-love. Without shying away from any of the transcendent and true beauty, Look How Happy I’m Making You shows us the many shadowed layers of pregnancy, miscarriage, birth and motherhood with an insistent bravery and searing honesty.”
—RAMONA AUSUBEL, author of AWAYLAND
“Look How Happy I’m Making You is a beautifully written and beautifully conceived series of stories about, well, conception—about the harrowing and mundane and profound ramifications of trying to extend the species. Among the thousands of books for prospective and new parents, I doubt any will make you feel more understood and less alone than this one.”
—ANTHONY DOERR, author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
“These stories, so artful and so visceral, help remind us that human reproduction is, despite its ubiquity, astonishing and fraught. Polly Rosenwaike explores pregnancy and parenthood with wisdom, wit, and tender intensity.”
—CHRIS BACHELDER, author of the THE THROWBACK SPECIAL
”[T]ight and intimate, sad and funny, alive with some of the ways being a mother can go right, some of the ways it can sadden and destroy."
—LYNN STEGER STRONG, author of HOLD STILL
“Deeply resonant…An exquisite collection that is candid, compassionate, and emotionally complex.”
—KIRKUS *starred review*
“Striking… Rosenwaike’s edgy stories are endearingly honest, excruciatingly detailed, and irresistibly intimate, expertly depicting what motherhood means to millennials.”
“The 12 stories in Rosenwaike’s debut collection capture the vast and intimate moments of motherhood and womanhood…Rosenwaike’s remarkable prose conjures emotions so effectively that readers will feel pulled into the characters’ lives.”
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