Before the years when friends embarked on starting families, we all assumed having babies would just happen. We look back now and think: Who knew this would be so much (try to circle just one) work/pain/sadness/silent torture? In just one group of friends, there were multiple miscarriages, long adoption waits, years of IVF. The pain was real, the transformation to parent (or not) an often-changing landscape. And for many, it was lonely, even among friends.
Belle Boggs’s smart, elegant book, “The Art of Waiting,” gets to those feelings and so much more. Her memoir also includes reporting on eugenics, zoo animals and research behind “baby fever,” tying in great works of literature and even “Raising Arizona” along the way. It is a painful, enlightening joy to read.
We chatted with her about her own journey to both book and, eventually, baby. Here is an excerpt of that conversation.
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