Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Your Baby's Just Fine

After reading Sarah Rettger's review of SECRET KEEPER (Random House, January 2009), I reacted like an anxious mommy-in-waiting when the OB says, "Hey, you're baby's doing great!"

A sigh of relief, settling back in the chair, a quick, loving pat of the metaphorical tummy.

Although pregnancy's not quite like the pre-publication jitters, is it?

After all, nobody's going to tell a mommy exactly how ugly her baby is in a crisp, well-written paragraph or two, but gatekeepers of literature feel that freedom, and rightfully so.

3 comments:

Neesha Meminger said...

Oh, what a lovely review! Can't wait to read it.

TadMack said...

Hmmm.
After all, nobody's going to tell a mommy exactly how ugly her baby is in a crisp, well-written paragraph or two, but gatekeepers of literature feel that freedom, and rightfully so.

That's such a funny statement... it's hard to accept, but it's true. And we do feel an anxiety that is much akin to that of a new mother. Congratulations on a great review!

Sarah Rettger said...

Thanks to you, I now have an image of an OB handing over a newborn and informing the mother that she does, in fact, have an ugly baby.

Not yours, though!