I’m thrilled to share the news that my memoir has been acquired by Mark Doten at Soho Press for publication in Fall 2015.
Poor Your Soul is a muscular memoir about loss and self-preservation, grief and recovery, and the bewildering layover between youth and adulthood. In 2008, at age twenty-eight, I accidentally got pregnant, despite taking birth control pills and never missing a single dose. (I’m that .01 percent.) It wasn’t easy, but I embraced it. And even though we’d only known each other for three months, my boyfriend Andrew and I got engaged. Five months later, during the ultrasound that was to predict the sex of our baby, doctors found instead that our child had a constellation of birth defects and no change of survival outside my womb. I was given three choices: terminate the pregnancy, induce delivery, or do nothing and inevitably miscarry. I made the painful but necessary choice to have an abortion at 20 weeks.
Poor Your Soul simultaneously traces my mother’s immigration from Poland also at the age of twenty-eight, the adoption of her son Julian, his tragic death, and her reaction to the grief that followed. But the main narrative of Poor Your Soul centers around a bewildering experience of human sexuality that is as common as is it controversial. However, abortion continues to remain a taboo and undeveloped topic in the literary world, often avoided in publishing or shelved under “political” or “feminist” sections of the bookstore. This is not a good thing. And thank goodness for Soho Press. I believe the magnificence of my manuscript lies in how utterly personal and outside of politics my abortion is, and was, and I’m glad to have found an editor who feels the same way: that it is important that we don’t generalize the stories and situations of women who choose–or are forced to–have an abortion. I believe Poor Your Soul will add a much needed and meaningful dimension not only to literature, but to our understanding and acceptance of human sexuality, free will, and self-consciousness. Poor Your Soul isn’t just a story about abortion. It’s a memoir about the uterus and the American Dream. Empathy, people! Empathy! If you or anyone you know was birthed from a vagina, please read this book. I’ll let you know when you can order your copy.
Oh! And dare I say that we’re already getting some buzz? Publisher’s Weekly’s lovely Rachel Deal gave us a shout-out the other week on Deahl’s Deals. Check it out by clicking HERE.