Motherhood Deferred, by Anne Taylor Fleming
Anne Taylor Fleming is a free- lance writer who reports regularly about women and their “issues” for the New York Times Magazine, among other journals. In this, her first book, she clinically details her own unsuccessful struggle to conceive a child, and also chronicles her coming-of-age as a feminist. Mrs. Fleming’s account of her life, particularly her love affair with feminism, is the saga, writ small, of a good number of other women as well, some of whom figure prominently in our culture.
Mrs. Fleming begins her narrative at the end of her “journey,” in the sterile embrace of a gynecological apparatus during one of countless failed attempts to become impregnated. Thereafter she alternates back and forth, chapter by chapter, interspersing the story of her life with the story of her doomed effort to conceive.
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