Graceful Burdens

Graceful Burdens

Audible narration by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
From New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay comes an unforgettable tale of nightmarish bureaucracy in which genetic profiling has redefined the “unfit mother.”

A trip to the library prompts one woman to question her fate in this galvanizing short story. For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.

Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

Title:Graceful Burdens
Edition Language:English
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    Graceful Burdens Reviews

  • Anna Luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /2 ½ starsGraceful Burdens is a competitively written short story that is very much concerned with reproductive justice. This story presents us with a world in...

  • Brat

    Roxane! We need a full book about this! Whew!...

  • H.A. Leuschel

    Gripping, thought-provoking short story!...

  • Laura

    Powerful short fiction highlighting the dangers of government controlling all aspects of our lives. Women are resilient and there will always be those brave enough to resist....

  • Tammy

    I love dystopian novels and this short story was so good, I wished it were a novel!...

  • Sara

    I listened to this at 2am with an insomnia riddled brain so my review isn't going to be amazing. However, that said I really enjoyed this. It was very feminist, very much about reproductive rights and...

  • ??? Shelley's ??? Book Nook

    This was an interesting short story about a woman deemed not acceptable to procreate. She then decides to "borrow" a baby from the library which changes everything about her life. And then we have Ser...

  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)

    Super short story about a dystopian society where couples have to be licensed to have babies and mysterious baby libraries will lend you a baby if your maternal instinct gets too strong but you've not...

  • Misty

    So good! Too short!...

  • Alicia Luchetti

    Roxane Gay has done it again! She never fails to take my breath away or draw me so deeply into a story. Only 21 pages, but each page packs a punch. I love dystopian novels and Graceful Burdens takes u...