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At the age of thirty-eight, acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of optimism. So started a long and costly journey of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries, and rituals.
Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment, the grip of yearning and desire, the toll on her relationships, and the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. Along the way she navigates the science of IVF, copes with the impact of treatment, and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion-dollar IVF industry with the reality.
Avalanche is the book that has finally been written on IVF treatment: a courageous, compelling and ultimately wise account of a profoundly important and widespread experience. At the heart of this work is an exploration of who and how we love. It is a story we can all relate to – about the dreams we have, defeated or otherwise, for ourselves, our loves, and our relationships.
Gut wrenchingly good. I read it in one intense sitting.
Leigh captures the crush and tumble of hope, loss, exhaustion and perseverance; the kind and callous faces of medical practice, friends’ and strangers’ support and disapproval . . . This lean, focused work has the propulsion and rapidity of the titular avalanche. It follows the narrative slope of desire and shares with Leigh’s previous work qualities of intensity and haunting.
An astonishing and unflinching personal account of an IVF journey – fierce, touching and redemptive.
Having a baby has turned into something of a big, public spectacle. Which makes it more important than ever for stories like Julia Leigh's – that of longing for and failing to have a child and the harsh realities of the IVF industry – to be heard.
One of the first intelligent, personal accounts of the daily business of IVF.
I want the world to read Avalanche by Julia Leigh . . . a searing memoir: lyrical, beautiful and true . . . she didn't need to lay her life and inner most feelings bare, but she did.
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