Sarah Cassavant, Subtext Books:
"I’m not a mother, and I don’t have plans to be one for a long time, but I’ve read "And Now We Have Everything" twice now and I can’t stop thinking about it…I don’t think I’ve ever read something so viscerally engaging. She’s so generous with her experiences and so human; she doesn’t sugarcoat or self-censor her experiences or reactions to fit into the preconceived notions of what pregnancy, birth, and parenthood should be like. It truly is a remarkable book, and it should be required reading for absolutely everyone."
"Some narratives of pregnancy and motherhood create an “us versus them” dynamic between parents and the childless, which means readers without children can feel shut out. But O’Connell’s work does the opposite: she invites you to experience with her the life of a woman unexpectedly carrying a child."
- Interview with Becca Schuh at Electric Literature
Abby Fennewald, Book People:
"This book. Wow. I plowed through this and immediately came back to the store trying to get everyone else to read it. It feels like, in many ways, the first book about motherhood that I, as a non-mother, could relate to. Meaghan writes fearlessly and honestly about her fears, her pain, her joy, and more in this collection of essays. It brought me pain and laughter and I can't wait to put it in people's hands."
I'm telling you, this is a book for anyone looking for straight talk about starting a family these days—including those of you wondering if becoming a parent is what you want.
- Anna Sale, host of [my favorite podcast] DEATH, SEX, & MONEY