Yet, ultimately, “An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination” is sad, at times even tear-inducing, since McCracken offers an unstinting. I was sitting at a table, having signed three books, one for a cheerful old lady who ‘d called my short stories pointless during the Q & A. Al’s wife. Review: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCrackenA mother’s tender remembrance of her stillborn baby moves.

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This intimate, incisive book amply grants that. I love the notion of the “happiest story in the world with the saddest ending” because that it exactly what it is. Also like Hood, McCracken writes with gratitude of the people who supported her: Mine probably will as well.

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She wanted a minimal-intervention pregnancy and birth. Can reviews for a book that begins at the end of the story have spoilers? I read this book on a recommendation of a friend who is familiar with the fact that I have gone through a similar experience in my own life. My grandmother asked my mother three times for my address to send some sort imagniation hypothetical greeting card–“Sorry you got cancer? And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, the company of this remarkable book will help if go on.

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

Refresh and try again. Essayswhich by contrast felt forced and manipulative. I figmenr find it interesting that discomfort was a common reaction. It’s shocking who doesn’t call. It is helpful because, with all of its specificities, stillbirth ravages the souls of those who have lived through it in much the same way. At the end, a grieving woman in enormous denim shorts and smudged glasses told her fivment she should write a novel about “the lighter side of losing a child”.


Last semester, I took a group dynamics class. Quotes from An Exact Replica Elizabeth McCracken speaks of fgiment extended family tree, where you suddenly have a kinship with complete strangers, who have, like us, given birth to death.

She writes of recognizing other women who gave birth to stillborn children as part of a new family tree. Aug 09, Jimena rated it really liked it Shelves: The 80 Best Books of The authors’ exactt works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

She touched on some things that were so acutely personal to my own experience of pain. I appreciated her more, as a writer, for the choices she made; I could understand exactt she structured the book the way she did, why she withheld this informa I enjoyed this memoir, but the writer in me was always conscious of the choices McCracken was making, the analogies she chose to convey her pain, the timing of her revelations like waiting until the very end, when she was going into labor with her second child, before telling us what she blamed herself for the most re: I cannot think of one without thinking of the other.


View all 4 comments. It’s a memoir of a child who never existed except as a hope and as a thought for the future. Elizabeth McCracken writes a book about stillbirth that isn’t just sorrow and loss. Suddenly, McCracken could no long feel him kicking.

But you know what? It is brimming with both despair and hope.

Dec 16, Jen rated it it was amazing. This book is incredibly sad – there is no question about it. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Only now, writing about her own experience losing a child, does McCracken seriously consider what this woman may have been getting at. Sometimes her present self sitting at her computer with her new baby on her lap is all over the page; sometimes it is remote and fjgment. That said, I guess all books hit each person differently for different reasons.

But, as to your writing product, there is no way this work would have ever been published but for your previously established reputation.