Reviews for How to Expect What You're Not Expecting


How to Expect What You're Not Expecting awarded the Bronze Medal in the Parenting category by the 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

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"This collection ... is not just about loss. It is about resilience, hope, courage and determination ... [these stories] demonstrate the complex web of emotions we are forced to navigate when it comes to intensely confronting experiences of loss. After reading the collection of essays we are reminded that while no two experiences are ever the same, we as humans are all subject to, and will inevitably experience, the turmoil, rawness, and reality of grief and loss in one form or another." —Journal of Motherhood Initiative


"These are personal stories of anticipation and hopefulness, fear and grief, joy and beauty. Anyone will find something to identify with in these stories." —The Banner

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"Becoming, and staying, pregnant is difficult. So is being a parent. Finding a book about these things, however, is not. How–to manuals are copious, but honest stories of loss and grief are rare . . . How To Expect What You're Not Expecting brims with sadness, but it also acts as a container of light, helping us to see each other a bit better across unthinkable darkness." —Telegraph Journal


"The essays are smartly stitched together, from difficult prenatal experiences to unwanted birth outcomes and finally to the authors' attempts to mend their pasts and move forward despite losses, heartbreak and disabilities and a dearth of bouncing-baby happiness." —Alberta Views


"Together, these pieces try to capture the full spectrum of loss, in the process articulating an experience that’s too often overwhelming, isolating and demoralizing." —The Edmonton Journal

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"The essays in this collection endeavour to depict our very human vulnerability to loss, as well as our open-ended capacity to love." —The Tyee

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