FANTASTIC RESPONSE: Brockes was interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America directly following publication, as a response to her New York Times op-ed, and featured on Medium, in The Guardian, and in The New York Post, all discussion-sparking excerpts and articles.
HILARIOUS AND SMART: Brockes is a gay woman and successful journalist transplanted to New York from Britain, a country where all citizens enjoy socialized medicine and free access to an array of medical services. Pregnant stateside, Brockes brings to bear a delightful British sense of humor and a fascinating outsider’s perspective on all the idiosyncrasies of the US healthcare system.
TIMELY AND GROUNDBREAKING: Choosing to undergo fertility treatments as a single mother is still relatively uncharted social territory, as Brockes is uncomfortably reminded every time she is asked “who’s the father?” But it may not be in the future. AN EXCELLENT CHOICE grapples with what it means to embrace the amazing new reproductive possibilities women today and in the future are and will be afforded by technology.
DEEPLY PERSONAL: As Brockes takes the reader on her journey, with startlingly honesty, generosity and good humor, she lingers on the low as well as the high points: the physical pain; the sadness and frustration that overcome her when she fails to conceive; her immense joy and pride when she learns she is pregnant with twins; and her giddiness as she awaits a C section, ready to meet her girls.
“It seems as if almost everyone bearing a child is writing a book about it, but Brockes is too original a personality to fall in quietly with the rest. A disarming and casually hilarious take on the opposite of co-parenting.”—Kirkus
“[A] thoughtful memoir…Brockes takes readers on a fascinating and sometimes frustrating journey through fertility treatments, dashed hopes and delays, often accenting her tale with clever comparisons of the American and the British health care systems…An uplifting, well-told story.”—Publishers Weekly
“Brockes’ second memoir will have readers caught up in the excitement and anxiety of pregnancy along with her. Her humor and empathy shine through, even during her most challenging moments. Whether parents, aspiring parents, or happily child-free, readers will enjoy Brockes’ intimate story of how she became a mother.”—Booklist
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