We were more than pleased to recommend Belle Boggs’ nonfiction book, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, in Reading Group Choices 2017 so we were excited to find out that Belle would be speaking at the Decatur Book Festival where RGC had a booth. And it was even more special because it was Belle’s first event for the book!
The Art of Waiting includes Belle’s personal experience struggling with infertility, but it also explores the cultural, psychological, and political views on fertility. Belle uses other people’s varied experiences (IVF, surrogacy, adoption) as well as examples from art, film, literature, and other species. In her talk at the festival, Belle discussed the socially isolating experience of infertility, and the disenfranchised grief she felt after three years of trying. The experience created a large divide between the life she thought she would lead, and the one she was actually living.
During the Q&A, the audience asked wonderfully challenging and compassionate questions. Belle commented on the ease of writing the book versus talking about the same issues in front of a large group. She provided insight into the insurance challenges related to IVF since it is not considered a disease, which means the treatment is only possible for privileged people. And, since many attendees had a personal connection to someone struggling with infertility, they were able to ask Belle how best to provide support and care.
Belle provides an empathetic contemplative exploration of the evolution of human health and fertility, and the emotional resiliency of people faced with inordinately complicated choices. The Art of Waiting will provide important and heartening discussion for men and women of any age.