Vessels: A Memoir of What Wasn't (Hardback)Daniel Raeburn (author)
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When Dan, a writer, met Bekah, a potter dedicated to traditional Japanese ceramics, they swiftly fell in love. 'Of all the women I've ever met,' Dan told a friend, 'she's the first one who felt like family.' But while preparing for the birth of their first child at Christmastime, tragedy struck. In prose as unadorned as his wife's pottery, Raeburn recounts their lives as they clashed and clung to each other through a string of unsuccessful pregnancies before finally, joyfully, becoming parents together.
Based on Raeburn's acclaimed New Yorker essay, Vessels is an unforgettable love story and a powerful portrait of a marriage cemented by the very events that nearly broke it.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 134 x 20 mm
A brilliant and dazzling story about love, marriage and family. In a prose so transparent that you feel as if it's your own experience, Daniel Raeburn has written a beautiful book about loss and redemption -- Susan Cheever
Vessels conveys the complicated loves of marriage and parenting, of finding honest and enduring meaning in a time when one is hard-pressed to do so -- Antonya Nelson
Spare and elegant and smart and propulsive, but above all alive with the close breath of the realest intimacy -- Claire Dederer
[Vessels] is not only a poignant expression of how two young people matured as they created a family. It is also a celebration of the way that birth - even if that birth ends in sudden death - brings new life to parents. An eloquently candid memoir. * Kirkus *
This is one of the wisest, saddest, most beautiful books about love that I've ever read. -- Tom Bissell
Affecting and often wrenching... Raeburn writes palpably of loss and anguish, but also shows how love, hope and resilience triumph over despair. * Publishers Weekly *
An eloquently candid memoir.... The narrative is not only a poignant expression of how two young people matured as they created a family. It is also a celebration of the way that birth-even if that birth ends in sudden death-brings new life to parents. * Kirkus Reviews *
More than offering a simple tale about grief and the struggles of parenthood, Raeburn speaks to the emotional influence of those we try to bring into the world and the lives we are responsible for. * Booklist *
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