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Editor and publisher Melissa Miles McCarter conceived of the anthology six years after her daughter died of SIDS and then struggling with secondary infertility after an ectopic pregnancy. The anthology focuses on mothers and their children who face loss in all forms, losses which can "interrupt the narratives of our lives. The internationally acclaimed contributors are: Paperback , 1st , pages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Joy, Interrupted , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 16, Sherokee Ilse rated it it was amazing. This review is from: An anthology on Motherhood and Loss, Melissa Miles McCarter, editor Be prepared to smile with understanding at the joys of motherhood's anticipation and love, then cry with sadness at the heartache of the loss of mothers' hopes and dreams. This anthology offers a range of stories, poetry, artwork, essays, all snapshots of the love mothers have for their children and the wrenching anguish that al This review is from: This anthology offers a range of stories, poetry, artwork, essays, all snapshots of the love mothers have for their children and the wrenching anguish that alters their universe when they experience losses such as when a child dies, is ill, estranged, or does not materialize due to infertility.

Melissa has gathered so many stories from amazing mothers, internationally acclaimed artists and writers, weaving their many faces of loss into a quilt of love and emotion. She introduces each section with her own personal feelings, thoughts, and shared story.


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Some of those section titles speak volumes: No, Furies, Plea, Longing, and Acceptance. They draw you in and grab your soul.

Mothers all over the world wish for the same thing, a healthy baby and a long and lovely life. As Margaret Kramar expresses in her piece titled Soap Opera, "Mothers have universally thought that this couldn't be my baby, no, not my baby. Poignant, creative, compelling, inspiring, woeful, hopeful, and wisely soulful Sherokee Ilse - Author of Empty Arms: Differing Perspectives, and Miscarriage: Jun 12, Stephanie Cole rated it it was amazing. In the opening piece of Joy, Interrupted: The selections artfully examine a variety of human experiences that disrupt the daily joys of life and threaten to rock the foundation on which we build our identities as mothers.

McCarter suggests that the reader take an unorthodox approach to this book, proposing that we In the opening piece of Joy, Interrupted: McCarter suggests that the reader take an unorthodox approach to this book, proposing that we dive in at random and take in whatever selection the pages present. In her piece, Good explores her new surroundings in a world without her child and, with eloquence and imagination, shares a sacred piece of her broken heart.


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One that will speak to your tired, broken heart and give you the nudge you need to venture on. Apr 08, Nina rated it it was amazing. I am a contributor to this anthology McCarter has put together a phenomenal anthology on motherhood and loss. The prose, poetry, and art cover diverse situations, ranging from infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and SIDS to adoption, disability, and illness. The collection starts with a poignant introduction by McCarter stating why she put this anthology together.

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The book is organized in 5 sections Disclaimer: The book is organized in 5 sections which loosely follow the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. McCarter provides an intro to each section describing the theme. The contributors are as diverse as the topics. Some are well-published, and for others, this anthology is their first publishing credit. International perspectives on motherhood and loss are represented. The artwork is heartbreakingly beautiful. In her intro, McCarter writes: I have realized that, in every action of mothering, of being mothered, of wanting to mother, we live in the space between joy and grief, sometimes gravitating to one more than the other.

This anthology reflects this space between joy and grief. This is a book to be re-read, shared with friends, given as a gift, and donated to agencies and support groups helping parents cope with the loss of a child. May 15, Darcee Kraus rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have not felt so much emotion from reading in my entire life. The poems and stories are fantastic and convey the emotions of the author straight into a part of you made up merely of humanity.

Darcee Kraus Mckinleyville, CA http: I received this as a first read. This was a really unique concept for a book. This was dealing with the five stages of grief dealing with a loss of the child. These anthology was very well written. Jenn rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Megan rated it really liked it May 27, Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez rated it it was amazing May 06, Carla rated it really liked it Sep 19, Mayomdiit rated it it was amazing Jun 12, The internationally acclaimed contributors are: Read more Read less.

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Please try again later. I have contributed to this Anthology. About the Book - It has very strong testimonies of how to get through something so personal as motherhood and loss. I am very proud to be a part of the book, appreciate the author and all the contributors who have willingly shared their experiences, stories, emotional rollercoaster ride and the strength that they have found. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. I am a contributor to this anthology McCarter has put together a phenomenal anthology on motherhood and loss.

The prose, poetry, and art cover diverse situations, ranging from infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and SIDS to adoption, disability, and illness. The collection starts with a poignant introduction by McCarter stating why she put this anthology together. The book is organized in 5 sections which loosely follow the Kubler-Ross stages of grief.

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McCarter provides an intro to each section describing the theme. The contributors are as diverse as the topics. Some are well-published, and for others, this anthology is their first publishing credit. International perspectives on motherhood and loss are represented. The artwork is heartbreakingly beautiful. In her intro, McCarter writes: I have realized that, in every action of mothering, of being mothered, of wanting to mother, we live in the space between joy and grief, sometimes gravitating to one more than the other.

This anthology reflects this space between joy and grief. This is a book to be re-read, shared with friends, given as a gift, and donated to agencies and support groups helping parents cope with the loss of a child. I've never lost a child nor suffered from infertiity I'm certain anybody who has similar experiences will be heartened by these stories of how others have dealt with the interruption of natural expectations. You'll find the selected illustrations simply breathtaking. If you'd had such a loss, you'll find that this is a house of mirrors You'll identify with some reflections and puzzle over others.

The collection will leave you with a more profound understanding of joy She has truly created a book that makes women who have experienced the loss of a child feel much less alone. I was expecting to feel sad when reading this book, yet I did not expect the book to be so beautifully written. Some of the subjects covered in the stories and poems include denial, anger, depression, a feeling of loss, guilt and acceptance.

There is also the joy of becoming pregnant. Some of the mothers question God but mostly this book is not religious. It also has stories from many cultures.

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The poetry in this book is excellent and I was impressed with the quality and how mothers expressed themselves with vivid language. I also loved the short fiction story called "The Island. I also enjoyed reading the twenty questions a mother asks the birth mother of her adopted child.

You may not agree with all the women's choices and only two stories hint at abortion. In those stories there did not seem to be any feelings of regret. I am glad Melissa McCarter took the risk of writing this book as it will lead people to being more empathetic. It is also a safe place to mourn the loss of a child. The first half of the book made me cry a lot but the second half was easier to read. This review is my honest opinion. An anthology on Motherhood and Loss, Melissa Miles McCarter, editor Be prepared to smile with understanding at the joys of motherhood's anticipation and love, then cry with sadness at the heartache of the loss of mothers' hopes and dreams.

This anthology offers a range of stories, poetry, artwork, essays, all snapshots of the love mothers have for their children and the wrenching anguish that alters their universe when they experience losses such as when a child dies, is ill, estranged, or does not materialize due to infertility. Melissa has gathered so many stories from amazing mothers, internationally acclaimed artists and writers, weaving their many faces of loss into a quilt of love and emotion. She introduces each section with her own personal feelings, thoughts, and shared story.

Some of those section titles speak volumes: No, Furies, Plea, Longing, and Acceptance.

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They draw you in and grab your soul. Mothers all over the world wish for the same thing, a healthy baby and a long and lovely life. As Margaret Kramar expresses in her piece titled Soap Opera, "Mothers have universally thought that this couldn't be my baby, no, not my baby.