Avalanche: A Love Story by Julia LeighAvalanche: A Love Story by Julia Leigh

Avalanche: A Love Story

byJulia Leigh

Hardcover | August 23, 2016

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In this brave and lucid account, Julia Leigh broaches a challenging life event often left undiscussed: how the struggle to have a child can take an agonizing toll. Leigh’s experience at the vanguard of medical science is acutely rendered, physically and emotionally, transmitting what it feels like to so desperately wish for a child while knowing that the odds are stacked against you. From the daily shots she puts herself through at home, to hopes raised and dashed, and finally to the decision to stop treatment, Avalanche bears witness to Leigh’s raw desire, suffering, strength, and, in the end, transformation—a shift to a different kind of love. The reader looks behind the scenes of a clinic and discovers how things really work: reality is a far cry from the slick marketing of the billion-dollar infertility industry. As for so many women, Leigh’s treatment failed, but her ghost child lingers in memory.
Julia Leigh is the author of The Hunter, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Disquiet, winner of the Encore Award (UK). She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Title:Avalanche: A Love StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8.3 × 5.8 × 0.8 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393292762

ISBN - 13:9780393292763

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It is one of the first intelligent, personal accounts of the daily business of IVF, and as such will surely be a useful (albeit rather demoralising) resource for other women. She describes the grueling rounds of injections, blood tests and scans, and the bloating and physical depletion that result. However, it’s a book that rightly has wider ambitions, because these insistent, lengthy attempts to become pregnant raise more elemental questions about what it means to desire a child. — The GuardianWith searing intelligence and unflinching emotional clarity, Julia Leigh lays bare the exacting nature of desire. Avalanche is consummately ravishing. — Tracy K. Smith, author of Ordinary LightAn astonishing and unfliching personal account of an IVF journey--fiece, touching and redemptive. — Jane CampionJulia Leigh writes beautifully and honestly and has a rare gift for bringing the reading along as if a trusted friend. Her stories of love and loss, friendship and sorrow make Avalanche entirely relatable. — Amy Richard, author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing YourselfLeigh's a star and this account of IVF has all her brilliant luminosity. — Chloe Hooper, author of and The EngagementDeeply personal, insightful and raw—Julia Leigh's story of her desire for a baby is beautifully told. I didn't want to put this brave book down for a second. — Sofie Laguna, author of The Eye of the Sheep