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An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood

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From the author of She Left Me The Gun, an explosive and hilarious memoir about the exceptional and life-changing decision to conceive a child on one's own via assisted reproduction

When British journalist, memoirist, and New York-transplant Emma Brockes decides to become pregnant, she quickly realizes that, being single, 37, and in the early stages of a same-sex relation
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Published June 26th 2018 by Faber Faber
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Jessica
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book- but I have to say, there will be people who really dislike this book, both the very left and the very right. It is a memoir, not just of a woman's decision to have children (how conservative), relationship status be damned (how liberal!), but also of a type of adulthood that is currently more reality than the "adulthood" of the past that meant an early marriage, stable career, and early parenthood. Adulthood, in today's world, increasingly means long term friendships becomin ...more
Allison
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Emma Brockes writes with extraordinary clarity and honesty about a subject that is near and dear to more and more womens’ hearts. I felt as though she were writing my experience. Grateful to have read this book. I want her to write more! I am recommending far and wide.
Cari
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous memoir. I loved the writing, how I got to know the author, her country, and her family. It was laugh-out-loud funny in parts, and seriously poignant in others. Thanks to Edelweiss for the early copy.
Leanne Ellis
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well-written and honest. I think having children was good for the author's narcissism and stubbornness.
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Sally Stieglitz
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an engaging read! In this memoir, British journalist and New York transplant Emma Brockes describes her emotional and twisty path to becoming a single mother. Finding herself both at the upper limit of her fertile years and the early days of a relationship with a new partner (herself a new mother), Brockes is forced to confront the necessity of deciding without delay if she 1) wants to be a mother, 2) wants to co-parent, and 3) is willing to go through the physical, emotional, and financial ...more
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Emma Brockes (born 1975) is a British author and a contributor to The Guardian and The New York Times. She lives in New York.
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