The Unfamiliar: A Queer Motherhood Memoir (Hardback)Kirsty Logan (author)
An unconventional, unexpectedly funny, brutally honest memoir about infertility, pregnancy and motherhood
'You and your partner want a baby. But your two bodies can't make a baby together.'
If you want a baby but your body says otherwise -
If you don't know the polite way to say thank you for the sperm -
If you're waiting for the sound of a brand-new heartbeat -
If you know it takes a village to raise a baby but have no idea who should be doing what -
If you're lurching between bliss and bewilderment -
If you don't fit the shape of what you've been told a mother should be -
Reach for The Unfamiliar and don't let go.
Moving and immersive, and written with wisdom, disarming humour and raw honesty, The Unfamiliar casts a fresh eye on motherhood and challenges our assumptions about pregnancy, gender roles, queer identity and what it means to be a parent.
'Cold, hard, raw writing that somehow sets your heart on fire' LAURA DOCKRILL
'Fierce, honest, beautifully written... A marvel' PRAGYA AGARWAL
'Kirsty Logan writes with bright wit and wonder - I read this book in awe' DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA
'Wonderful... Luminous writing captures the uncertainty, the fear, the sheer physicality of love' MARIANNE LEVY
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 26 mm
Searingly honest. There is something inherently strange about nurturing a person inside your body and then giving birth to it ... Logan does an excellent job of portraying the reality - the beauty and the horror of it - Lotte Jeffs, Guardian
When pregnancy grabs hold of a body it uses it to tell a very old story, but The Unfamiliar insists on a telling that is vibrantly new. The result is a book of desire, of bewilderment, of joy, of grief, and of love. Kirsty Logan writes with bright wit and wonder - I read this book in awe - Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
What a book this is, probing gender roles and expectation, identity and desire. Luminous writing captures the uncertainty, the fear, the sheer physicality of love. It is wonderful - Marianne Levy, author of Don't Forget to Scream
Cold, hard, raw writing that somehow sets your heart on fire. I could not put it down - Laura Dockrill, author of What Have I Done?
Such a fierce, honest, beautifully written account of love, and queer motherhood. I found it very moving. Logan manages to bring the tiniest detail in kaleidoscopic detail for the reader, but in such precise poetic prose. A marvel - Pragya Agarwal, author of (M)otherhood
I loved The Unfamiliar - a courageous and sharply written account of a meandering journey to motherhood and all the emotional and physical struggles it entails. Funny and intensely moving, with the most vivid description of birth I've ever read - Kate Maxwell, author of Hush
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