Synopses & Reviews
Marriage can be rife with challenges even in the best of times but when a relationship is beset by tragedy as Raeburn (a writer and teacher at the University of Chicago) recounts in this affecting and often wrenching memoir that is when vows and bonds are truly tested. Raeburn at loose ends professionally and personally meets Bekah a potter at a party and they have an instant connection. But Raeburn endured his parent’s shattering divorce and wants nothing to do with marriage or kids. Bekah also a bit lost after experiencing artistic success makes the first move. After they get engaged Raeburn is still fighting his lingering reluctance when Bekah learns she’s pregnant but ultimately miscarries. When she gets pregnant again she discovers she has a thyroid condition and placenta abruptia placing her chances of carrying to term at 50/50. The baby Irene is stillborn but Bekah goes through the labor because her midwife explains it will improve her chances of giving birth later on. They’re haunted by Irene keeping her ashes in a vase Bekah made. They go to a support group bury themselves in work take note of which friends and relatives say and do nothing while they grieve and mark Irene’s almost birthdays. Raeburn writes palpably of loss and anguish but also shows how love hope and resilience triumph over despair. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
When Dan, a writer with a passion for underground comics, and his wife Bekah, a potter dedicated to traditional Japanese ceramics, met through a mutual friend, they swiftly fell in love. Of all the women I ve ever met, Dan told a friend, she s the first one who felt like family. But at Christmas, as they prepared for the birth of their first child, tragedy struck.
Based on Daniel Raeburn s acclaimed New Yorker essay, Vessels: A Love Story is the story of how he and Bekah clashed and clung to each other through a series of unsuccessful pregnancies before finally, joyfully, becoming parents. In prose as handsomely unadorned as his wife s pottery, Raeburn recounts a marriage cemented by the same events that nearly broke it.
Vessels is an unflinching, enormously moving account of intimacy, endurance, and love.