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The Resource Impossible motherhood : testimony of an abortion addict, Irene Vilar ; foreword by Robin Morgan

Impossible motherhood : testimony of an abortion addict, Irene Vilar ; foreword by Robin Morgan

Label
Impossible motherhood : testimony of an abortion addict
Title
Impossible motherhood
Title remainder
testimony of an abortion addict
Statement of responsibility
Irene Vilar ; foreword by Robin Morgan
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage-a union of impossible odds-and fifteen abortions in fifteen years. Vilar knows that she is destined to be misunderstood, that many will see her nightmare as an instance of abusing a right, of using abortion as a means of birth control. But it isn't that. The real story is part of an awful secret, shrouded in shame, colonialism, self-mutilation, and a family legacy that features a heroic grandmother, a suicidal mother, and two heroin-addicted brothers. It is a story that looks back on her traumatic childhood growing up in the shadow of her mother's death and the footsteps of her famed grandmother, the political activist Lolita Lebrón, and a history that touches on American exploitation and reproductive repression in Puerto Rico. Vilar seamlessly weaves together past, present, and future, channeling a narrative that is at once dramatic and subtle. Impossible Motherhood is a heartrending and ultimately triumphant testimonial told by a writer looking back on her history of addiction. Abortion has never offered any honest person easy answers. Vilar's dark journey through self-inflicted wounds, compulsive patterns, and historical hauntings is a powerful story of loss and mourning that bravely delves into selfhood, national identity, reproductive freedom, family responsibility, and finally motherhood itself-today, Vilar is the mother of two beautiful children
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 616.85/84
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ767
LC item number
.V55 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Impossible motherhood : testimony of an abortion addict, Irene Vilar ; foreword by Robin Morgan
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
297147156
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 222 p.
Isbn
9781590513637
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2009012880
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. Paperbound.
System control number
(OCoLC)297147156
Label
Impossible motherhood : testimony of an abortion addict, Irene Vilar ; foreword by Robin Morgan
Publication
Control code
297147156
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 222 p.
Isbn
9781590513637
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2009012880
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. Paperbound.
System control number
(OCoLC)297147156

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