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Drop Dead Life: A Pregnant Widow's Memoir (Excerpt)

Drop Dead Life: A Pregnant Widow's Memoir (Excerpt)

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Published by Hyla Molander
These are the first two chapters of my forthcoming memoir, Drop Dead Life: A Pregnant Widow's Heartfelt and Often Comic Journey through Death, Birth, and Rebirth. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hylamolander/drop-dead-life-a-pregnant-widows-journey

To pre-order your signed copy of Drop Dead Life, please go to my recently launched Kickstarter campaign and contribute $29 by August 19th. You will receive your book in April, 2014, along with my enormous gratitude for helping me reach 100% of my Kickstarter funding goal.

Please take a minute to check out the other rewards I have created in exchange for your generous contributions. Your desire to contribute and share my Kickstarter campaign with your friends will allow me to fund the publication of Drop Dead Life and give hope to people all over the world.


Drop Dead Life goes beyond widowhood into the world of online dating, hereditary depression, finding humor, parenting, afterlife connection, and the belief that—regardless of our circumstances—each of us can create the love and happiness we desire.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hylamolander/drop-dead-life-a-pregnant-widows-journey
These are the first two chapters of my forthcoming memoir, Drop Dead Life: A Pregnant Widow's Heartfelt and Often Comic Journey through Death, Birth, and Rebirth. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hylamolander/drop-dead-life-a-pregnant-widows-journey

To pre-order your signed copy of Drop Dead Life, please go to my recently launched Kickstarter campaign and contribute $29 by August 19th. You will receive your book in April, 2014, along with my enormous gratitude for helping me reach 100% of my Kickstarter funding goal.

Please take a minute to check out the other rewards I have created in exchange for your generous contributions. Your desire to contribute and share my Kickstarter campaign with your friends will allow me to fund the publication of Drop Dead Life and give hope to people all over the world.


Drop Dead Life goes beyond widowhood into the world of online dating, hereditary depression, finding humor, parenting, afterlife connection, and the belief that—regardless of our circumstances—each of us can create the love and happiness we desire.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hylamolander/drop-dead-life-a-pregnant-widows-journey

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Published by: Hyla Molander on May 11, 2010
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DROP DEAD LIFE
BY HYLA MOLANDER
A PREGNANT WIDOW’S HEARTFELT AND OFTEN
COMIC MEMOIR ABOUT DEATH, BIRTH, AND REBIRTH
 
 
CHAPTER ONE
My obstetrician shaves the rest of my pubic hair so that she can neatly slice mywomb open, while I keep my body as still as possible.I stare at my right hand, into the dark eyes of the black and white photograph Iam holding of my husband, Erik. I study his ebony hair, his defined jaw, and his young29-year-old skin, as I probe his face for answers. But
there’s no reply.
 
He should be here. How can he not be here for Keira’s birth? 
Instead, my mom positions herself to the right of the steel operating table, abrunette curl straying from her cap.
 “I am going to be next to you the whole time,” Mom whispers.
She intertwines
her fingers with mine, leaving enough space for Erik’s photograph.
I strain my neck backwards, peeking at the door to the operating room.
 
Please be here, Erik. I need you.
I imagine Erik walking through the door, perspiration on his brow from runninglate. The part of me that wants to berate him is quickly muted by a sense of relief,forgiveness, and gratitude that he is back in my arms.But Erik is not in my arms. Erik is nowhere to be seen, and the thought of mylife as a 29-year-old single mom with two babies makes me want to throw up all overthe cold cement floor.
 “I don’t . . . feel so good.” 
My insides twist around and around, swirling like a dust-filled tornado. Theagitation pounds at my abdomen, scraping at the deep layers of my skin. I have no ideahow I will raise these girls without him.The tall, male anesthesiologist leans in to comfort me, his green eyes peeringover his surgical mask.
 “Let me know what you need.” No doubt the hospital staff is also shocked at my husband’s absence. Just 19
months bef 
ore, the same doctors and nurses had witnessed Erik’s tears of joy at ourfirst daughter’s birth.
Now the room is somber, filled by the presence of educated individuals whohave no explanations.
I nod to the anesthesiologist. “I need, uh, something else. I’m feeling . . . veryupset.” Lizellen, my obstetrician, says, “Give her the works. She has had to go withoutmedication for far too long, but you did good, kid. You’re going to have another healthy

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Hyla, Congrats on getting featured here and your efforts on Kickstarter. I'm telling everyone I know that you started your writing career with a desire to share your story about loss and love. Its our story too, and we can all help. I hope others will read this short piece, become inspired, and help support the Kickstarter campaign.

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