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Irene Vilar was just a pliant young college undergraduate in thrall to her professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage — a union of impossible odds — and fifteen abortions in fifteen years. Vilar knows that she is destined to be misunderstood, that many will see her nightmare as an instance of abusing a right, of using abortion as a means of birth control. But it isn't that. The real story is part of an awful secret, shrouded in shame, colonialism, self-mutilation, and a family legacy that features a heroic grandmother, a suicidal mother, and two heroin-addicted brothers. It is a story that looks back on her traumatic childhood growing up in the shadow of her mother's death and the footsteps of her famed grandmother, the political activist Lolita Lebron, and a history that touches on American exploitation and reproductive repression in Puerto Rico. Vilar seamlessly weaves together past, present, and future, channeling a narrative that is at once dramatic and subtle.

Impossible Motherhood is a heartrending and ultimately triumphant testimonial told by a writer looking back on her history of addiction. Abortion has never offered any honest person easy answers. Vilar's dark journey through self-inflicted wounds, compulsive patterns, and historical hauntings is a powerful story of loss and mourning that bravely delves into selfhood, national identity, reproductive freedom, family responsibility, and finally motherhood itself — today, Vilar is the mother of two beautiful children.

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"Nuanced, intellectually ambitious and unnervingly frank." The Washington Post

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"Vilar does not mean to advocate on either side of the abortion debate...her book is a controversial and intense tale of generational and national trauma... [Vilar is] a writer of brutal honesty and profound intelligence." ForeWord Magazine

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Vilar was a young college undergraduate in awe of a 50-year-old professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage — and 16 abortions in 15 years. In Impossible Motherhood, Vilar looks back on her history of addiction.

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Irene Vilar

Irene Vilar was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her memoir The Ladies' Gallery (Other Press, 2009) was a Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press notable book of the year and was short-listed for the 1999 Mind Book of the Year Award. She is a literary agent and editor of The Americas series at Texas Tech University Press.

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AlexB, November 19, 2009 (view all comments by AlexB)
I too had the same question (re:birthcontrol). And yes, the Catholic Church bans artificial birth control, but natural family planning is allowed. Although it doesn't sound like there was room in this "relationship" for open discussions and putting off intercourse during fertile times. Obviously abortion is never allowed, and your former clients, Anne, were seriously mis-informed or just believing what they wanted when using abortion as their method of birth control.

Anyway, this does sound like an amazing, yet anger-inducing, book to read.
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Anne E., November 19, 2009 (view all comments by Anne E.)
I practice law and I once had a client in a minor criminal matter, nothing to do with abortion. But during the course of my representing him, he talked to me about the malpractice suit they filed against his wife's gynocologist for their last pregnancy. He gave me a copy of the initial complaint to read.
I was very troubled to discover that this was their seventh child and that she had had at least another seven pregnancies which she had aborted.
Their reason for doing this rather than using birth control was that they were Catholic and that they followed the teachings. This was some fifteen years ago and I am still troubled by it.
So, what was missing from the review was why Ms Vilas did not try birth control, or were all the pregnancies the result of birth control failure?
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ISBN:
9781590513200
Author:
Vilar, Irene
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Foreword by:
Morgan, Robin
Foreword:
Morgan, Robin
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Compulsive behavior
Subject:
Abortion -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Abortion & Birth Control
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.54x6.28x.76 in. .61 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Vilar was a young college undergraduate in awe of a 50-year-old professor when they embarked on a relationship that led to marriage — and 16 abortions in 15 years. In Impossible Motherhood, Vilar looks back on her history of addiction.
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