Not long ago, I admitted to being hard on infertility memoirs. I think I've found an exception (and they haven't even contacted me with their book yet, go figure...)
When it comes out in July, Egg Sisters will reveal the interesting relationship twists that can come with the ART ride. This interview piece by Jane Clifford of the Union-Tribune covers a lot of territory in a little space, taking us from the origins of the two authors' friendship -- one with no hope left, one eagerly anticipating her first IVF -- through the culmination of 15 years waiting for their somewhat-related children to be old enough to understand their own complicated beginnings.
The results of that long wait between initial meeting and teenaged children is part of what I look forward to reading. Unlike a lot of infertility memoirs that seem fresh from the hospital's L&D wing, these women (Alyson Gilmore and Brenda Sajewski) should be able to construct a story with deeper insight than some of the rather typically giddy new mommy tales. Even those gleeful "I can't believe I'm finally a mom" books that are tinged with the heaviness of infertility treatment can so often come to a slamming halt -- ta dah! -- just when parenthood really gets interesting. I'm hopeful that Gilmore and Sajewski expand on the challenges of explaining to kids the intermingling nature of sharing gametes with a stranger who becomes part of the family.