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Look How Happy I’m Making You

Look How Happy I'm Making You by Polly Rosenwaike
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Mar 19, 2019 | 256 Pages
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“I rejoiced in this collection. A radical, unflinching cycle of stories that radiate with truth and depth and care. I could weep for how good it is to see such rich, profound narratives about women’s reproductive lives. Happy tears.”
ELISA ALBERT, author of AFTER BIRTH

“With incisive pluck, Rosenwaike’s stories turn an empathetic and humorous eye on the time in women’s lives when the question of motherhood—-whether gained or lost or desired at all—is central. Rosenwaike fearlessly plumbs the depths of women’s interior lives, giving due space to their complexity, gravity, and lightness.”
DANIELLE LAZARIN, author of BACK TALK

“Whatever choices Polly Rosenwaike’s characters make, they struggle and question and find joy, and through their stories we come to understand parenthood and its influence all the more deeply. Rosenwaike’s debut is funny, honest, and written with grace and empathy.”
—EDAN LEPUCKI, author of WOMAN NO.17 and CALIFORNIA
 
“In this lovely collection, Polly Rosenwaike deftly traverses the season of life that is often collapsed into the shorthand “childbearing years,” honoring the pain, joy, and possibility that accompanies women’s reproductive lives with her nuanced and entertaining stories. I felt bereft when I came to the end.”
—LYDIA KIESLING, author of GOLDEN STATE

“Each story in Look How Happy I’m Making You is a lovely universe unto itself — funny, intimate, casually profound — but there is something transcendent about reading them together like this. Rosenwaike’s women all have different desires, different fates, different circumstances, but each of them conquers the maddening unknown of motherhood with richness and depth.”
MEAGHAN O’CONNELL, author of AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING

“The world wants one story: pregnant glow, new mother tired but ever-grateful, ever-in-love. Without shying away from any of the transcendent and true beauty, Look How Happy I’m Making You shows us the many shadowed layers of pregnancy, miscarriage, birth and motherhood with an insistent bravery and searing honesty.”
RAMONA AUSUBEL, author of AWAYLAND

Look How Happy I’m Making You is a beautifully written and beautifully conceived series of stories about, well, conception—about the harrowing and mundane and profound ramifications of trying to extend the species. 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

“These stories, so artful and so visceral, help remind us that human reproduction is, despite its ubiquity, astonishing and fraught.  Polly Rosenwaike explores pregnancy and parenthood with wisdom, wit, and tender intensity.”
CHRIS BACHELDER, author of the THE THROWBACK SPECIAL

“Deeply resonant… An exquisite collection that is candid, compassionate, and emotionally complex.”
—KIRKUS *starred review*

“Striking… Rosenwaike’s edgy stories are endearingly honest, excruciatingly detailed, and irresistibly intimate, expertly depicting what motherhood means to millennials.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 

“The 12 stories in Rosenwaike’s debut collection capture the vast and intimate moments of motherhood and womanhood… Rosenwaike’s remarkable prose conjures emotions so effectively that readers will feel pulled into the characters’ lives.”
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