Panic & Joy
From Emma Brockes, an explosive and hilarious memoir about the life-changing decision to conceive a child on one’s own via assisted reproduction.
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Emma Brockes is thirty-seven, lives alone, and wants children. She is in a relationship (good!) but they aren’t doing the parenting together (weird!). Emma needs sperm, a doctor, and not to bankrupt herself. And that’s just the beginning – there are a million choices to make when taking the untraditional route to motherhood. Then there’s the uninvited opinions, scolding and general hysteria that always accompanies a woman’s decision to have (or not to have) children. With generous heart and humour, Panic & Joy examines essential questions about motherhood and the modern family.
So smart and tartly charming (think Fleabag meets Helen Fielding.
Witty, irreverent and wickedly perceptive.
Brockes has a rare knack for tackling serious topics without ever taking herself too seriously . . . [She] has finally given voice to this central female experience with wit and intelligence. I’m grateful for it.
Shot through with dry humour and self-awareness . . . and an eye for absurdity that recalls David Sedaris.
Funny, poignant and heartwarming.
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