Avalanche: A Love Story

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Faber & Faber, Oct 6, 2016 - Authors, Australian - 144 pages
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At the age of thirty-eight, acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of optimism. So started a long and costly journey of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries, and rituals.

Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment, the grip of yearning and desire, the toll on her relationships, and the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. Along the way she navigates the science of IVF, copes with the impact of treatment, and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion-dollar IVF industry with the reality.

Avalanche is the book that has finally been written on IVF treatment: a courageous, compelling and ultimately wise account of a profoundly important and widespread experience. At the heart of this work is an exploration of who and how we love. It is a story we can all relate to - about the dreams we have, defeated or otherwise, for ourselves, our loves, and our relationships.

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User Review  - ClareRhoden - LibraryThing

This book is stunning. If you have been through IVF, it will break open your wounds and help you assimilate the experience. New perspectives, brilliant insights, validation. If you have not ... Read full review


User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Author and director Julia Leigh began IVF treatment at 38, knowing that the odds were stacked against her yet still hoping that she would be 'one of the lucky ones'. Avalanche, Leigh's first work of ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Julia Leigh's debut novel, The Hunter, was published around the world and won numerous awards, including a Betty Trask Award and the 2001 Prix de l'Astrolabe. It was also selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her second novel, Disquiet, won the Encore Award. Her film Sleeping Beauty was officially selected for the Festival de Cannes in 2011.

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