Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Review- Fragile and Perfectly Cracked: A Memoir of Loss and Infertility by Sophie Wyndham

*I received this a free e-book from NetGalley, and all opinions are my own*

I decided to request this book because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Fragile and Perfectly Cracked: A Memoir of Loss and Infertility by Sophie Wyndham is the most shocking introduction to memoirs I possibly could have chosen. The thing about memoirs is that it’s true, and it hits you where it hurts. I am young, and I have no reason to be reading a book about infertility, but I’m glad I did. Wyndham’s story shows us about the new hope of a baby and the cyclical nature of infertility. The jumps in time are significant and reflect the way thoughts and memories are formed when we reach for the past.

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It is written in a way that makes the author and the reader completely connected. We feel the heartbreak and disconnect involved with looking back on difficult times. Wyndham writes in such a way that gives us exact thoughts in her head as the events play out. I felt the tedious nature of each process her and her husband went through in the attempts to get pregnant. I could feel my heart breaking as various amounts of blame went around and she explains how she feels like a failure. I cannot imagine being in Wyndham’s position, and I hope I never am.

The lack of punctuation works to create moments of panic. It offers good advice for parents going through infertility issues, and provides an interesting perspective on parenting. The best part of this for me is the relationship between Wyndham and her husband. There is so much love and support between them. I can imagine times like this can drive couples apart, but they admirably remain rocks for each other. The only negative thing I have to say is that the end is deeply unsatisfying. This is not my kind of book, and I would read it again only if someone else, or me, is dealing with this, so I would rate it a 3/5 based on that. For those in the situation, this book would be a source of healing and relating. However, it is so well written that I would actually rate it a 4/5 if it was more relevant to my life.

-Daniella