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Thursday, February 19, 2009

So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope

One of the many infertility blogs I follow is one called So Close by Tertia Albertyn. She has gone through an amazing and heartbreaking journey through infertility and now has a lovely set of boy/girl twins who just turned four. She is a witty, sarcastic, honest and open writer and I would definitely recommend reading her blog if you haven't already. These days most of her topics revolve around her family and current events but continues to talk about infertility issues as well. She has also written a book called So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope, which is now available internationally on Amazon (she is South African). I will definitely be buying her book and I hope you do too.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope, Tertia Albertyn's Blooker-nominated journal about her battle with infertility is now available to international readers on Amazon, Powell's Books, and practically every e-retailer on the planet.

So Close, a heart-breaking, yet deliciously funny account of Tertia's journey from infertility to motherhood, was first published by Oshun in 2006, and has received rave reviews in the South African media.

Says Sam Wilson of "Tertia is warm and irreverent, foul-mouthed and appropriately self-obsessed, full of insecurity and, most importantly for our purposes, the kind of person who can draw you into her tale."

With glowing descriptions from the media -- "The writing is deeply moving, often infused with wacky and off-centre humour. Her 'can do' attitude is inspiring ... Albertyn is gutsy and not afraid to bare her soul ... This book is a terrific read." (Cape Times) -- and fans of her blog "I finished Tertia's book in less than 24 hours. It was so compelling, I had to force myself to go to sleep and not just continue reading through the night ... Just like her blog, Tertia's book addresses the issue [of infertility] with incredible candidness." (Janine Dunlop, contributor), it's no surprise that sales for So Close are still going strong, three years after publication.

And now, you too can purchase a copy, from any e-retailer worldwide or any bookstore in the US and UK. Buy it on Amazon here.


An Amazing, Poignant Book

This is an amazing, poignant book that will make you laugh and cry as you go with Tertia on her sometimes heartbreaking journey through infertility. The book, adapted from her very popular and wonderful blog, "So Close," is not just for people who have suffered infertility, stillbirth, miscarriage, or the death of an infant. It's for every parent who has had or is thinking of having a baby. It's so important for people who have never grappled with infertility to know what others are going through, and for those of us who have been there know we are not alone. The best thing about it? Tertia's story ends triumphantly.

Terrific read--definitely not just for infertile folks!

This is a beautifully written, hilarious and heartbreaking memoir. Sure, it's about infertility and would be a great choice if you or someone you love is grappling with that. You'll definitely be cheered, inspired, and you'll learn a lot. But I haven't had fertility problems and neither has anyone I am close to. I was nevertheless delighted to discover the acerbically funny Tertia and to go through her long, agonizing journey to motherhood with her. You'd think a memoir like this would be all warm and fuzzy mixed with earnest longing and sadness. You know, important, good for you, but ultimately kind of deadly. Not with Tertia as narrator, all prickly bad attitude with Chardonnay in hand and wisecrack at the ready. Somehow she manages to be snarky and sincere at the same time--how perfect is that? "So Close" is just a terrific book, funny and tragic, full of hope and, ultimately, joy. You'll wish, like I do and like her thousands of blog fans do, that she didn't live so far away (South Africa) so she could be your BFF.

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