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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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Such a perfect story!!

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

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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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realistic

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

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

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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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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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Another nice one ...

I've listened to a few of these short stories and have been pleasantly surprised. I find they engage and draw me in. Short stories and novellas require precise, direct, no-nonsense writing. They simply cannot rely on pages and pages of descriptive narrative; instead, they must jump in and get right to the point. Refreshingly enticing.

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Great book!

Kept my interest. Brought back memories of my pregnancy, being away from family, not sure what to do. Really enjoyed it!

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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.