"One of the most searingly honest and intensely personal works I have ever read. With alternating chutzpah and humility, tenderness and outrage, Fleming writes about choices made, risks taken, chances lost- about reconciling dreams with reality and celebrating the outcome no matter what." -- Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Seattle Times
Motherhood Deferred is a gutsy exploration of the generation of women who came of age during the women's movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, coupled with the author's very personal story of her later-in-life attempts to have a baby. As she cheekily observes, Fleming was "infertile" before it was trendy. This is her chronicle of all the psychologically and physically invasive procedures she undertook to get pregnant coupled with a memoir of the heady days when she and her friends, freed from the old gender expectations, set out to conquer the world.
"Clear-eyed, often angry reporting on what it's like to go through every infertility treatment money can buy...Some funny, sometimes sad." -- Susan Cheever, The Washington Post Book World