THIS LOVELY LIFE by Vicki Forman


A Memoir of Premature Motherhood
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The harrowing experience of a woman whose twins were born at 23 weeks.

Forman explores the many issues of premature birth without presuming to offer solutions or comfort, drawing directly from the raw outrage, torment and profound sorrow she recorded in her journal. She makes it her life purpose to stay apace with the minutiae of her children's fragile, ever-changing conditions, doggedly expanding her knowledge of medical terminology and navigating every diagnostic twist and turn with research, skepticism and occasional self-doubt. Beneath her outward mettle is a mother who is continually probing every phase of the grief process. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance do not progress in conventional order but churn and shift within her consciousness on a minute-by-minute basis, depending on the latest lab report, nurse's comment or conference with doctors. Forman's lack of pretense is bracing and brutally poignant, and she recounts her experiences in meticulous emotive and medical detail. Whether praising or condemning hospital staff, wrestling with the marital pressures engendered by family health crises, struggling to find spiritual solace, driving her son 1,000 miles to an alternative-treatment center or watching him happily roll around on the motel bed, Forman is a warrior. Threaded through her untethered courage and candor are moments of sheer helplessness: “They say it's your baby, but until you go home it's not your baby.”

A searing tale of heartache and impressive depth of character.

Pub Date: July 23rd, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-547-23275-1
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2009


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