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An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination [Hardcover]

Elizabeth McCracken
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Book Description

2 April 2009

'This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending.'

A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, Elizabeth McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. Then she fell in love, got married, and continued her life of writing, travelling, and teaching with her husband.Two years ago, she found herself in a remote part of France, waiting for the birth of her first child.

This book is about what happens next. In the ninth month of her pregnancy, a baby is lost.Just over a year later, a baby is born. In a profoundly moving display of humour, heart, and unfailing generosity, McCracken tenderly presents her story: a story of true love and unfathomable sadness, of courageous recovery and bittersweet moments, of steadfast memories and deep affection.Grief walks through these pages of this remarkable book, but so do happiness and hope.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition; 1st printing. edition (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022408710X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224087100
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`She presents the facts with sometimes alarming honesty in this moving tribute to her missing child's impact on her life.'


"...McCracken charts what happens...with intelligence,...calmness and...unflinching...description...McCracken's triumph...lies in her wise arrangement of memory..."

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So familiar 31 Dec 2008
My first born son was stillborn in 2006 at full term for no discovered reason. The story of Pudding was so familiar, even in its differences from the story of my own cherished son. How she did everything differently in her second pregnancy, the things people said (or didn't) etched in your mind, simple errors too hard to forgive.

Pudding's mother flits between her first and second pregnancy, giving a perspective to the death of Pudding that she herself did not have at the time. Anyone who wishes to understand how it feels to lose your beloved child before even meeting him properly should read this book. Really, it's so poorly understood except by those who have had the misfortune to live it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breath Taking 16 July 2009
By Suzi
What can I say about such a fabulous book to do it justice? How can I impress on you the importance of finding a copy of this book today and dropping everything to read it?

On the surface I can see why you perhaps wouldn't want to read a book about the stillbirth of a child, the repercussions and ripples it sends through the lives of the parents and through the following pregnancy. But you should. Not only is this a good read, it is a book filled with hope and understanding. If (like myself and the author) you have lost a child you will find comfort in how universal your feelings are and the crushing loneliness will ease a little, if only for the duration of the book. If someone you care about has lost a child you should read this, it puts so much into words that you just can't do yourself and will help you understand what is happening to this person you care about who is now grief stricken. If you are lucky enough to have no experience of this of any kind read it anyway. It's a beautifully written, hopeful book that deserves the widest possible audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the table, plain and simple - as is 10 Feb 2011
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Possibly pulled me through. Has in detail described, reviewed and detailed every single emotion I have been through. Every thought and action since it happened to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A personal memoir of the experience of stillbirth 23 July 2014
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This book was recommended to me to help me to understand the feelings of the bereaved mother of a stillborn child. She said it came closer than anything else she had read. I hope I have learned from this book what not to say, but also that to say nothing can contribute to the grief of the mother, by not acknowledging the reality of her lost baby. This is a difficult book to read, yet will make you laugh, too. If you, or someone close to you, have been affected by stillbirth, please try it, as well as contacting SANDS, the stillbirth and neo-natal death society, at, who provide wonderful support.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 July 2014
By keki
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unfortunately I can completely relate to this book, but I have found listening or reading others peoples stories of stillbirth and rainbow pregnancies has been very helpful in my grieving process and acknowledging how life will always go on with or without you taking part. this book is beautifully and honestly written and helped me along that process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and thought provoking. 8 April 2014
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This book is honest and beautifully written. Having read several baby loss books this one covers some different angles and is very thought provoking. I would recommend it.
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