Crybaby: Infertility, Illness, and Other Things That Were Not the End of the World (Brown Paper Press)
A self-described crybaby who sees the end of the world lurking around every corner, Cheryl E. Klein has relied on planning and hard work to reach her goals and avoid catastrophe. But when she finds her wish for a baby dashed over and over — first by infertility, then miscarriage, and finally breast cancer — her carefully structured life, marriage, friendships, and belief system begin to crumble. Adding a detour through the fickle world of open adoption seems like the last thing she should do, but where she lacks control, she finds adventure. Empathetic, candid, and often humorous, Crybaby: Infertility, Illness and Other Things That Were not the End of the World is the story of what happens when a failed perfectionist and successful hypochondriac is forced to make room in her life for grief and joy, fear and hope, all at the same time.
Cheryl E. Klein is the author of two works of fiction, The Commuters (City Works Press) and Lilac Mines (Manic D Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in Blunderbuss Magazine, The Normal School, and several anthologies. Klein writes and edits for MUTHA Magazine and blogs about the intersection of life, art, and carbohydrates at breadandbread.blogspot.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and son. Klein can be found on Instagram: @cherylekleinwrites.
Marisa Urrutia Gedney (she/her) facilitates healing, justice, and growth through transformative leadership and most recently co-founded, Your Truth at Work, a BIPOC healing space for women & gender expansive advocates who demand and desire equity and justice at work. She was invited by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, to read at the Los Angeles Library series, ALOUD, and has received a Writers in Residence at Hedgebrook, studied at the Postgraduate Writers’ Conference at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Voices of Our Nation, and Las Dos Brujas. As a Sahumadora in Danza Azteca and a grief worker most recently with Covid Grief Network, she uses fire and words to transform.
Praise for Crybaby -
“Crybaby depicts obstacles of the body, from miscarriage to cancer. Along the way, a triumph of the soul emerges.” — JESSICA ZUCKER, author of I Had a Miscarriage A Memoir, a Movement
“In this fiercely honest, sharply observed memoir diving into the tumult of relationships, living with cancer, infertility, longing, loss, and complicated hope, Cheryl E. Klein surfaces with insights bright and beautiful as sea glass.” — SHIRA SPECTOR, author of Red Rock Baby Candy
“Crybaby is a wild ride through waves of lovehood, sickhood, motherhood, and humanhood.” — SUSAN STRAIGHT, author of In the Country of Women
“I’m grateful to Cheryl Klein for being real about all the messy emotions tied to the strange and powerful desire for a child. I found myself rooting wildly for Klein—and for everyone daring to take on such a common human experience from their most uncommon queer lives.” — MICHELLE TEA, author of Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of (In)Fertility
“Crybaby is a story of perseverance, of understanding, of showing up—for oneself and for one another. I felt my own body move with the turn of a page.” — MIAH JEFFRA, author of The Violence Almanac
“Cheryl E. Klein’s superpower is knowing herself. Reading Crybaby felt like hanging out with a very good friend.” — ANDREA ASKOWITZ, author of My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy
“Crybaby is a visceral roller coaster of love, unexpected health challenges (that would have broken most women), and a rocky road to motherhood.” — NEFERTITI AUSTIN, author of Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America
“A beautiful and rare act of storytelling that will make you feel less alone, and will make you laugh. A gorgeous book!” — JEN PASTILOFF, author of On Being Human
"In this fiercely honest, sharply observed memoir diving into the tumult of relationships, living with cancer, infertility, longing, loss, and complicated hope, Cheryl E. Klein surfaces with insights bright and beautiful as sea glass."— SHIRA SPECTOR, author of Red Rock Baby Candy