by Beth Kissileff

No Scripts for Miscarriage

About What Was Lost (Plume, $15.00) collects responses to miscarriage that were generally left unsaid by earlier generations of women. The introduction by editor and contributor Jessica Berger Gross traces the genesis of this volume to her search for other voices with which she could identify in the aftermath of her own miscarriage in her first trimester of pregnancy. “I’ve always found a particular kind of comfort in reading, so as I began to think more about these questions it was only natural that I would search my favorite bookstores… . I’d hoped to return home with an armload of books, but instead I came away with an idea for a book of my own.” Gross as writer and editor has taken her emptiness and made something full, and meaningful and honest of it — a process that will probably be familiar to those at home with Jewish ritual.

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