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In the chaos of a maternity ward, memories of tragedy and grief come flooding back for an anxious mother-to-be as she struggles to balance her child’s needs with her own healing.

Rushed into an emergency cesarean section, a woman finds herself in the same hospital where her suicidal mother died. She’s buried the trauma of her mother’s last hours--and also the dread that she might be just as vulnerable to breaking. As the new mother relives one crisis in the midst of another, prize-winning author Julie Orringer turns the joyous event of birth into a harrowing, poignant short story.

Julie Orringer’s Can You Feel This? is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

©2019 Julie Orringer (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Powerful, dangerous, heartwarming!

This really is stunning writing and narration! Very unusually, this powerful short story of a pregnant woman’s hospital ordeal is told in the 2nd person: “Blood ... The doctor told you this would happen ... You panic”. It creates an intimate immediacy - this is happening to me / you / us. As the unnamed woman prepares for delivery, for motherhood, for change, she reflects on the loss of her mother, on her estranged father, on the secrets she keeps from her premature baby’s soon-to-be daddy. Her fears and inexperience feel real and dangerous.

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  • Iris Pereyra
  • 31-12-2019

Such a perfect story!!

A beautiful portrait about how frightening is to become a mother for the first time!

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  • Mimi
  • 10-03-2020

Every mother to be and new mother should have this

Took me back to the day August 11 1992 the day my daughter was born . Also took me back to May 2001 when my son was lost . The emotional rollercoaster of mother hood the first feedings diapers and baths all rolled up in the next few hours.

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  • sharon100
  • 04-03-2020

realistic

i liked the story. could have done without the bad language. it really felt for the characters.

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  • Lorie
  • 19-02-2020

Nice short story!

Enjoyed this story but definitely felt like I wanted it to be longer. Wanted more info. The story felt like it wasn’t finished!

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  • Martha
  • 14-02-2020

Can you feel this.

A great story about a new mothers days of her baby's birth and the things that happen before she finally becomes a real mother.

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  • danita Jacobs
  • 23-01-2020

Can You Feel This

I feel that the writer. Did a good job of putting the story together.

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  • Sara
  • 04-01-2020

Felt very real

Perhaps more brutal and descriptive than someone who has never given birth can understand, Can You Feel This? painted a very intimate portrait of a woman giving birth to her firstborn, a woman who was told she might never be able to give birth and who expected to die or watch her infant die, a woman without a mother who grieved her inability to know how a mother should behave. While the birth and first days in the hospital are playing out, the woman struggles, remembering her mother's depression and suicide and all the secrets she has kept as a result. A difficult story, it was well told and ended beautifully. I received this book free from Amazon as part of the Inheritance series and reviewed it because I felt like it.

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  • escoocoo
  • 30-12-2019

Enjoyed it!

Well written. Kept my attention. Great little story about a somewhat conflicted young mother having her first child. Confused and scared, we wonder along with her what is going to happen to her, her marriage, and the state of her child. Well portrayed emotional conflict. I really liked it! ☺️

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  • Janet
  • 06-11-2020

Wonderful story

This story was wonderful. It brought back memories of baby's first days. the excitement, the insecurities, the joy, the smells and the wonder.

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  • Iris McKinney
  • 18-06-2020

Can You Feel This?

Yes I felt pain the whole time I was listening to this. This is the worst book I have ever listened to, glad it was short!

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