Infertility, Illness and Other Things That Were Not the End of the World
by Cheryl E. Klein
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Pub Date 20 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 10 Aug 2022
Brown Paper Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
She desperately wants a baby. She gets cancer instead.
A self-described crybaby who sees the end of the world lurking around every corner, Cheryl E. Klein has relied on planning and hard work to reach her goals and avoid catastrophe. But when she and her partner find their plans for a baby dashed over and over—first by infertility, then miscarriage, and finally a breast cancer diagnosis—Klein’s carefully structured life, marriage, and belief system begin to crumble. Adding a detour through the fickle world of open adoption seems like the last thing she should do; yet where she lacks control, she finds adventure. Empathetic, candid, and often humorous, Crybaby is the story of what happens when a failed perfectionist and successful hypochondriac is forced to make room in her life for grief and joy, fear and hope, all at the same time.
A Note From the Publisher
“A beautiful and rare act of storytelling that will make you feel less alone, and will make you laugh. A gorgeous book!” — Jen Pastiloff, author of On Being Human
“Crybaby is a visceral roller coaster of love, unexpected health challenges (that would have broken most women), and a rocky road to motherhood.” — Nefertiti Austin, author of Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America
“I’m grateful to Cheryl Klein for being real about all the messy emotions tied to the strange and powerful desire for a child. I found myself rooting wildly for Klein—and for everyone daring to take on such a common human experience from their most uncommon queer lives.” — Michelle Tea, author of Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My (In)Fertility
“Crybaby depicts obstacles of the body, from miscarriage to cancer. Along the way, a triumph of the soul emerges.” — Jessica Zucker, author of I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement
“In this fiercely honest, sharply observed memoir diving into the tumult of relationships, living with cancer, infertility, longing, loss, and complicated hope, Cheryl E. Klein surfaces with insights bright and beautiful as sea glass.” — Shira Spector, author of Red Rock Baby Candy
“Crybaby is a wild ride through waves of lovehood, sickhood, moth- erhood, and humanhood.” — Susan Straight, author of In the Country of Women
“Crybaby is a story of perseverance, of understanding, of showing up—for oneself and for one another. I felt my own body move with the turn of a page.” — Miah Jeffra, author of The Violence Almanac
“Cheryl E. Klein’s superpower is knowing herself. Reading Crybaby felt like hanging out with a very good friend.” — Andrea Askowitz, author of My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy
This is our lead title for the year and already is generating buzz. Publishers Weekly has confirmed that they will be reviewing, as well as several other outlets. In addition to our regular marketing, social promotions and publicity efforts -- which include media outreach and Goodreads giveaways -- the author is planning a blog tour, podcast tour and book tour (including appearances at Skylight Books in LA and Fabulosa Books in San Francisco). Several media outlets, including the Gay & Lesbian Review, already have confirmed some kind of coverage.
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