SOCIAL SCIENCES

What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

Univ. of Minnesota. Oct. 2019. 256p. ed. by ed. by Shannon Gibney & Kao Kalia Yang. ISBN 9781517907938. pap. $19.95. SOC SCI
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Gibney (See No Color) and Yang (The Song Poet) here bring together anecdotes of deep grief and hope. Contributing accounts of multiple losses to single losses, each writer shares a story that is moving and respectful. While most of the narratives are prose, a few poems punctuate the whole. Some writers discuss the impact of racism, both individual and systemic, on prenatal and birth care, while others opt to focus on their more tangible experiences. Though no doubt a challenging event to put into words, each woman’s account helps to translate the many emotions that come along with infant loss and miscarriage. Narratives provide depth and detail, allowing readers to connect to one another at their own level and comfort. Highlighting the experiences of Native women and women of color, this collection is both heartbreaking and soothing; any woman who has had a miscarriage or survived infant loss will find plenty of material in which to see themselves.
VERDICT A compelling collection that encourages readers to hold writers and their stories, both told and untold, in their hearts with every page.travel & geography

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