I was slightly reluctant to blog about this, because it is not uplifting stuff, but this is a part of life that doesn't get talked about a lot and the silence can be excruciating to those that are affected, so I decided to just go for it anyway. An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination isn’t the kind of book you check out for fun, unfortunately -- you check it out because something terrible has happened to you or someone you know. The terrible thing I’m talking about is stillbirth. Recently some close relatives of mine lost their precious baby boy 5 weeks before he was due, and I desperately turned to KPL’s catalog for anything to try to understand what they were going through. There aren’t a ton of books out there on stillbirth, but since it affected my family, I’ve found out that this book is kind of the go-to memoir about the topic…It turned out that these relatives as well as several of their friends had also stumbled upon this book, and they could relate very strongly to what the author, Elizabeth McCracken, went through. Many people I’ve talked to in the past few months know someone that has experienced this type of loss…I wish this wasn’t the case, but if you are in the situation and need something to read while coping with your loss, I recommend this book. KPL also has it in audiobook format, read by the author, which makes it extremely personal and moving.
An exact replica of a figment of my imagination