I totally cried when I found out ANWHE is an  IndieNext pick for April

I totally cried when I found out ANWHE is an IndieNext pick for April

With a steady-handed, acerbic candor that does not self-deprecate so much as self-examine, she maneuvers through the slippery paths of romantic discord, professional stagnation, postpartum pain and depression. Her baby, once born, is not the answer to any question, but rather the genesis of a thousand new ones that multiply with each passing day—a firm grounding in the reality of new parenthood that rings alarmingly, unerringly true.
— Carla Bruce-Eddings, The Rumpus

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



 in the "Imperfection" issue (lol) of PARENTS Magazine, stolen from my OBs office 

in the "Imperfection" issue (lol) of PARENTS Magazine, stolen from my OBs office 

For current mothers, the author’s story will resonate deeply. For any woman contemplating having a child, O’Connell provides an accurate depiction of what it can feel like to be a new mom, both physically and emotionally. For men who want to know and understand what being a mother is like, this book should prove useful.A well-written book that provides refreshingly candid insight into the physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy and early motherhood, times that are both “traumatic [and] transcendent.”
— Kirkus Reviews

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