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Author: Belle Boggs Narrator: C. S. E. Cooney Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781681683232
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When Belle Boggs’ “The Art of Waiting” was published in Orion in 2012, it went viral, leading to republication in Harper’s Magazine and an interview on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show. In that heartbreaking essay, Boggs eloquently recounts her realization that she might never be able to conceive. She searches the apparently fertile world around her—the emergence of thirteen-year cicadas, the birth of eaglets near her rural home, and an unusual gorilla pregnancy at a local zoo—for signs that she is not alone. Boggs also explores other aspects of fertility and infertility: the way longing for a child plays out in the classic Coen brothers film Raising Arizona; the depiction of childlessness in literature, from Macbeth to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; the financial and legal complications that accompany alternative means of family making; the private and public expressions of iconic writers grappling with motherhood and fertility. She reports, with great empathy, complex stories of couples who adopted domestically and from overseas, LGBT couples considering assisted reproduction and surrogacy, and women and men reflecting on childless or child-free lives.

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About the Narrator

C. S. E. Cooney is a writer, actor, poet, and singer-songwriter. She narrates for Podcastle, the world’s first audio fantasy magazine; Uncanny Magazine, an online science fiction and fantasy magazine; and the poetry journals Goblin Fruit and Stone Telling.