Guest Blog by Karen Rile, editor of Cleaver Magazine
Broken Eggs, Emily Steinberg’s graphic novel on the heartbreak of infertility is a available online in the current issue of Cleaver Magazine with an introduction by Tahneer Oksman.
“To read Emily Steinberg’s autobiographical visual narrative, Broken Eggs, a set of sixty-seven images accompanied by sprawling text and recounting her struggles with infertility, is to witness a series of concurrent, sometimes even conflicting, emotional transformations,” writes Oksman. “From the first, our narrator appears engaging, intimate, and raw. She sits on the ground, her hands wrapped around her knees and her brow furrowed, delivering a back-story for the whirlwind series of events that follows.” Tahneer Oksman.
She spent her twenties as an artist
and her thirties unsuccessfully looking for love, while other life events—depression, anxiety, her mother’s dementia— got in the way as well.
This is how she finds herself “on the cusp of forty,” just married, trying to have a baby, and suddenly encountering the possibility that what seemed like such an inevitable life course might no longer be a possibility.”…
Read the full novel and the rest of the essay online here.
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