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Graceful Burdens

Out of Line collection
Narrated by: Samira Wiley
Length: 45 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
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Audible narration by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale).
From New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay comes an unforgettable tale of nightmarish bureaucracy in which genetic profiling has redefined the “unfit mother.”

A trip to the library prompts one woman to question her fate in this galvanizing short story. For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.

Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2020 Roxane Gay (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • JBHarris
  • 06-09-20

Incredible

I want to know more! THIS WAS SO.GOOD! I LOVE ROXANNE GAY! Please write more!

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  • jen4choice
  • 05-09-20

A different kind of library you should CHECK OUT

If you’re a fan of “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Brave New World,” you’ll enjoy this.

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  • SusanCooks
  • 03-09-20

A dystopian gem

Ms. Gay has a way with narrative, and does not disappoint in this consideration of a not-so-futuristic alternate reality wherein women’s reproductive rights are restricted in new and heartbreaking ways, and the underground efforts to right this wrong.