The Early Birds: A Mother's Story for Our Times

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In the winter of 2002, Jenny Minton delivered her sons, Sam and Gus. She was thirty-one weeks pregnant, and her boys, conceived through in vitro fertilization, were more than two months early. Both boys were placed on immediate life support, and for sixty-four days they hovered, critically ill, in the neonatal intensive care unit of a New York City hospital. The Early Birds is a record of their time there and the story of Minton's harrowing, triumphant quest to bring her sons home.

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"This is a book about real trouble and real courage, written with keen intelligence and great love. Jenny Minton is as honest about herself as she is about all the harrowing details of the birth of her boys. The writing of this book is a triumph on all directions."--Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong and Eventide

"The Early Birds is a powerful and moving narrative about a life-changing experience. Jenny Minton is a woman of courage, insight, humor, and generosity--all the qualities of a great writer and a great mom."--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh The Glory of It All

"Jenny Minton's passionate account of her struggle to become a mother, and then to keep her tiny babies alive, will resonate with every woman who has experienced the shocking alchemy of parenthood -- we give birth and are ourselves irrevocably changed. In this intimate memoir, Jenny meticulously records her own dramatic, and unexpected transformation from an ambitious young publishing executive into a desperate pilgrim in the unchartered territory of reproductive technology. We cannot help but share her despair as her sons fight for life, and then cheer as this brave new family finally makes its way home safely."--Katrina Kenison, author of Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry

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Jenny Minton is a former book editor. She lives outside Hartford, CT, with her husband and three sons and is a freelance book-reviewer for the Hartford Courant.

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