This deeply engaging memoir wrestles with one of the most important questions of all: Why do we want what we want? A vibrant, absorbing, intimate book.
— Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

As a farm girl raised in eastern Oregon, Jackie Shannon Hollis expected to become a mother someday. But, after several failed relationships, she meets Bill, a man who doesn’t want children. In direct and intimate language, this debut memoir asks us to consider what we keep and what we abandon to make space for love.

Written in honest and intimate chapters, this stunning debut memoir is ultimately a love letter to the power of choice.
— Sheila Hamilton, author of All the Things We Never Knew
Jackie Shannon Hollis explores this rich terrain with clarity and courage, in spare and lovely prose evocative of the high plains landscape and fertile farmland she hails from
— Jennie Shortridge, Author of Love Water Memory

About the Author

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Jackie Shannon Hollis is the author of the forthcoming memoir, This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story (October 1, 2019, Forest Avenue Press). Her writing has appeared in various literary magazines including The Sun, Rosebud, Inkwell, High Desert Journal, VoiceCatcher, Nailed, and Slice Literary. She is also a storyteller and speaker.

As a childless woman surrounded by children (with over forty nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews), Jackie believes we all have an important role in supporting the children in our lives. Learn more about Jackie →


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