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BOOK REVIEW:
AN EXACT REPLICA OF A FIGMENT
OF MY IMAGINATION
BY ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Nancy Eaton.



If I had to describe this book in one word, it would have to be “emotions”. After their first child is stillborn, Elizabeth and her husband go through a range of emotions but eventually move on.

Elizabeth McCracken and her husband were living in France when she became pregnant. Just like any other couple, they were very happy and started doing the normal things that expectant parents would do. They shopped for baby clothes and thought of names for their new baby.

Elizabeth believed the pregnancy agreed with her because she felt wonderful. Then something terrible happened. In Elizabeth’s ninth month of pregnancy, her child was stillborn.

The story goes back and forth between the loss of the first baby and second pregnancy and birth of her child, Gus.

The author states that when people came up to her to express their condolences, it made her feel bad that she made them feel this way. Sometimes she would burst into tears when someone spoke to her about the loss of her baby.

Elizabeth McCracken has written a moving story about her loss. She writes in a manner that will make the reader feel at ease, even though the subject of this book is not an easy one to get through without shedding a few tears of your own. She tells of the difficult times but also adds some humorous moments to the book. I’m sure it took much courage to write her story. At the same time, putting her feelings into words probably was a form of therapy for her. For anyone who has gone through something similar, this is an excellent book to read. For anyone who has not experienced something tragic like the loss of a child, it will give you an insight as to the range of emotions experienced during this difficult time.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON


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