Edited by Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont
About the Anthology
CHOICE explores one of the most polarizing political issues of our time-reproductive choice-what is it like to make any sort of reproductive choice? What is it truly like to use birth control, the morning after pill, use a sperm bank, have an abortion, adopt a child, give a child up for adoption or bring a pregnancy to term? The guiding philosophy of the book is that this issue is too complex and individual to be legislated, and the writers' honesty about their experiences will humanize this issue, no matter what the readers stand is on it.
This anthology's content is aptly described by its title, and the quality of its prose is what makes it distinctive. Bender and de Gramont's attention to the full range of women's reproductive choices should be welcomed in most libraries.
"The Ballad of Bobbie Jo" inspired her ninth novel, Fly Away Home. It recounts her own experience as a parent through surrogacy, a trial by fire touched by joy that ended with her surrogate's husband divorcing her only because of her choice to bear a child for an infertile couple and a judge's unprecedented decision to grant the husband sole custody of their own two children because, in his opinion, surrogacy was not "psychologically beneficial" to them.