Mississippi-based poet and author

Great with Child

 

Great With Child:

Letters To A Young Mother

Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother (Nonfiction, W. W. Norton, 2006) is Beth Ann’s third book, a collection of letters written to a former student who unexpectedly found herself pregnant. “Here are modern letters written in an old-fashioned way,” writes the publisher, “not as hasty emails but more slowly and filtered through the sensibility of a fearless, gifted poet.”

Superb.
— GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
A reflective, transformative book.
— BOOK LIST
I read Great with Child at one sitting, crying and laughing throughout. Beth Ann Fennelly has written an instant classic, filled with humor and wisdom, a necessary and beautiful book which will be cherished not only by an endless line of mothers-to- be, but by every woman who wants to remember what it was really like to become a new mother.
— LEE SMITH
The writing is at once rhythmic, exuberant, and passionate. To enjoy it, one most definitely doesn’t have to be pregnant, just someone who revels in richly told stories.
— THE MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER, MOBILE, AL
Give this book to anyone who is “great with child”; she will be eternally grateful. Fennelly’s missives are alternately moving, funny, and practical, with an unusual honesty about just how hard it is to be a young mother.
— THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
By turns poetic and funny, dreamy and direct, Great with Child might be the best book ever to give for a baby shower.
— THE TAMPA TRIBUNE
The themes will strike a cord with any mother or mother-to- be. This elegiac tome captures motherhood with candid finesse.
— child
This book sang its heart out to me, and I clapped my hands in time.
— THE CAPITOL TIMES, MADISON WI