This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story

As a farm girl raised in eastern Oregon, feeding bottles to bummer lambs and babysitting her little sister, Jackie Shannon Hollis expected to become a mother someday. But, after a series of failed relationships, she met Bill, the man she wanted to spend her life with, a man who never wanted children. Saying I do meant saying I don’t to a rite of passage her body and her culture had prepared her for since childhood.

Told in short interwoven chapters, This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story explores the fracturing of female identity as Hollis questions her childless decision, navigates her roles as daughter and wife, sister and friend, and ultimately learns to listen to her own heart. This debut memoir is about the journey from how we are raised to who we become, and an exploration of what we keep and what we abandon to make space in our lives for love.

Available October 1, 2019