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Avalanche: A Love Story Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057133329X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571333295
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gut wrenchingly good. I read it in one intense sitting. (Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love)

Leigh captures the crush and tumble of hope, loss, exhaustion and perseverance; the kind and callous faces of medical practice, friends' and strangers' support and disapproval . . . This lean, focused work has the propulsion and rapidity of the titular avalanche. It follows the narrative slope of desire and shares with Leigh's previous work qualities of intensity and haunting. (Felicity Plunkett The Australian)

An astonishing and unflinching personal account of an IVF journey - fierce, touching and redemptive. (Jane Campion)

Having a baby has turned into something of a big, public spectacle. Which makes it more important than ever for stories like Julia Leigh's - that of longing for and failing to have a child and the harsh realities of the IVF industry - to be heard. (Laura Pearson Chicago Tribune)

One of the first intelligent, personal accounts of the daily business of IVF. (Lara Feigel Guardian)

I want the world to read Avalanche by Julia Leigh . . . a searing memoir: lyrical, beautiful and true . . . she didn't need to lay her life and inner most feelings bare, but she did. (Jessica Hepburn, author of The Pursuit of Motherhood)

Much like Joan Didion brought new observations to grief, Leigh's Avalanche adds new a dimension to a little explored but visceral modern human experience. (Pamela Tsigdinos, author of A Silent Sorority)

A visceral, first hand account of what it's like to deal with the [fertility treatment] process on a practical as well as an emotional level . . . the ending tip-toes into the territory that I, and many others, have reluctantly been forced to explore - what happens after. (Jody Day, author of Living The Life Unexpected)

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An intensely personal narrative of loss, hope, and longing for a child.

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4.0 out of 5 starsPerspective of someone who went through IVF was very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 starsPowerful tale of love, marriage, and the quest for motherhood
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