All She Ever Wanted
Overview - For years, Chelsea Maynard has longed to be a mother. She's imagined caring for a new baby in the lovely house she shares with her husband, Leo, fondly planning every detail. But after a difficult birth, those dreams of blissful bonding evaporate. Chelsea battles sleep deprivation and feelings of isolation. Read more...
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For years, Chelsea Maynard has longed to be a mother. She's imagined caring for a new baby in the lovely house she shares with her husband, Leo, fondly planning every detail. But after a difficult birth, those dreams of blissful bonding evaporate. Chelsea battles sleep deprivation and feelings of isolation. Little Annabelle cries constantly, and Chelsea has dark visions fueled by exhaustion and self-doubt. Her sister, Emma, insists she gets help for post-partum depression, but Chelsea's doctor dismisses her worries as self-indulgent.
Doubting her ability to parent--even doubting her own sanity--Chelsea is close to collapse. Then an unthinkable crisis hits. And suddenly, Chelsea is compelled to face both the fragility and resilience of life, and the extraordinary depths of love.
With uncompromising candor and clarity, acclaimed author Rosalind Noonan creates a mesmerizing novel that is gripping, heart-wrenching, and unforgettably poignant. Praise for Rosalind Noonan's The Daughter She Used to Be
"The author once again takes on an emotional topic with great sensitivity." -Booklist
"An engrossing family saga. . .this novel would fuel some great book-club discussions."--Shelf Awareness
"Noonan delivers another earnest drama." -Publishers Weekly
- ISBN-13: 9780758274984
- ISBN-10: 075827498X
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: December 2012
- Page Count: 323
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
Books > Fiction > Family Life
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women
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A comprehensive character study in postpartum depression transforms into a mother's abduction nightmare in Noonan's new novel (after The Daughter She Used to Be). Chelsea Maynard, formerly a DIY household project maven who catalogued her hands-on experiences for a magazine, sinks to new lows as an unemployed, at-home mom with a cranky newborn, Annabelle. Husband Leo Green shoulders some of the parenting duties while Chelsea's despondency grows, but is at a loss to restore his wife to the confident woman she used to be. Furthering her melancholy is the health insurance company denying claims and delaying payments for the newly struggling family. Noonan has a knack for melodramatic page-turners and doesn't disappoint, but at times a pedantic tone undermines the immediacy of Chelsea's depression, pushing the reader out of the story at the expense of detail and accuracy. Nevertheless, it's easy to empathize with Chelsea, always at the whim of her mood swings and wishing she could go back to her old life. Although a kidnapping twist halfway in feels contrived, the circumstances of the abduction and Chelsea's ongoing travails make for a readable tale. (Jan.)