"A beautifully written and beautifully conceived series of stories about, well, conception...Among the thousands of books for prospective and new parents, I doubt any will make you feel more understood and less alone than this one."--ANTHONY DOERR, author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
A candid, ultimately buoyant debut story collection about the realities of the "baby years," whether you're having one or not
The women in Polly Rosenwaike's Look How Happy I'm Making You want to be mothers, or aren't sure they want to be mothers, or--having recently given birth--are overwhelmed by what they've wrought. Sharp and unsettling, wry and moving in its depiction of love, friendship, and family, this collection expands the conversation about what having a baby looks like.
One woman struggling with infertility deals with the news that her sister is pregnant. Another woman nervous about her biological clock "forgets" to take her birth control while dating a younger man and must confront the possibility of becoming a single parent. Four motherless women who meet in a bar every Mother's Day contend with their losses and what it would mean to have a child.
Witty, empathetic, and precisely observed, Look How Happy I'm Making You offers the rare, honest portrayal of pregnancy and new motherhood in a culture obsessed with women's most intimate choices.
“Grow Your Eyelashes,” read by Rebecca Lowman
“Field Notes,” read by Julia Whelan
“Period, Ellipsis, Full Stop,” read by Karissa Vacker
“White Carnations,” read by Julia Whelan
“Tanglewood,” read by Amanda Carlin
“June,” read by Tara Sands
“The Dissembler’s Guide to Pregnancy,” read by Karissa Vacker
“Ten Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression,” read by Rebecca Lowman
“Welcome to Your Family,” read by Cassandra Campbell
“A Lady Who Takes Jokes,” read by Tara Sands
“Love Bug, Sweetie Dear, Pumpkin Pie, Etc.,” read by Amanda Carlin
“Parental Fade,” read by Cassandra Campbell
Cover art: © 2019 Alex Katz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY