I am a sucker for a birth story, but when she mentioned the dream about being in the car alone and it starting to drive itself, I knew I would have to finish this. I used to have a similar dream when I was young (before I learned to drive).
I usually don't read the excerpts until a week later, but I snuck a peek today and I think this is a keeper. Too bad I will have to wait so long to get to read the whole thing.
I have read quite a number of prepublication books via this service, but none as riveting as this one. Ann Leary really captures my attention with each passing page and she knows how to frame a character. I missed Monday's installment so I didn't fully appreciate who the writer was and who the comedian was in her story. Now it seems to me all the more real. I can't wait until it is published.
I read all five installments today... I have been so swamped this week, I considered deleting everything and starting fresh next week. Now I am glad I didn't because it was worth the read.
I am considering getting this when it is released :)
Have a great weekend!
Boy, I got royally hooked on this book! I read this aloud to my husband as I was reading it for the first time myself, and he was just in hysterics, laughing! What a great author, great material - and yes! I DO WANT to read the rest of THIS book!
I loved the excerpts from this book, and I've been eagerly awaiting its release. Last week, on a whim, I wandered into my local book seller to see if the book was out yet. Imagine my surprise when it turned out I was just in time for a book reading/signing with Ann Leary herself!
It was so wonderful to hear the stories in Ann's own voice! I even got to meet Jack, who seemed completely unfazed by the fact his mother is sharing intimate details about his birth (and her body) with the world. Many 14-year-olds I know would be mortified...but I guess if you grow up with Denis Leary as your father, there isn't too much that's out-of-bounds.
Anyway, I very much recommend this book. If Ann is touring near you, make an effort to go see her, too.
wonderful book--mom of recent 30 weeker born 3000 miles from home!
June 28 2004, 2:01 PM
I think Ann Leary stole my journal! I can't believe how similar our experiences were. I arrived home (outside of Worcester, MA) 4 weeks ago after delivering a 30 week baby boy in Seattle, WA.
I too lived in the hospital for 2 months while my husband flew back and forth-he also missed the delivery by about 6 hours. I was sure the nurses hated me because I had no were to go all day except sit in the NICU--and I was always scanning their notes for comments about me. I also had nothing to wear except maternity clothes and was luckily rescued by my sister who kept me dressed in Gap clothes. We also could not fly home right away.
The similarities are eerie. I hang on every word that Ann has written. Everything she describes feeling--I have felt! I only wish I had gotten the book 2 months ago!
Thank you Ann for writing this(my) story. I am going to tell all my friends and relatives to read it and substitute names where needed. They will then know my story.
It is ironic that your experiences were so similar to Ann's, but the big difference is that you weren't in a foreign country! Being away from home is bad enough, but when you are a foreigner and aren't familiar with the culture and idiosyncrisies it is obviously even more challenging. I read this book in 1 sitting, which is rare for me. I didn't realize Denis Leary wrote No Cure for Cancer as a result of his son's premature birth! It was definitely an enlightening book.