The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of

The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of While miracles in reproductive technology have brought joy to millions, those very advances have plunged many couples into an unrelenting cycle of hope and heartbreak One failed attempt may lead to another and another but how do you give up when there is always another doctor, another procedure holding out the possibility of conception and the child you yearn for Brooks Hansen vividly captures the emotional turmoil he and his wife, Elizabeth, endured as they tried to conceive, the years their lives were put on hold, and the excruciating sense of loss He writes too of the couple s journey through the bewildering world of adoption a path to parenthood fraught with financial, legal, and emotional risks of its ownOffering men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective, The Brotherhood of Joseph brings to life the anger, frustration, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness that come to dominate the husband s role As his remarkable account reaches its finale in Siberia, however, Hansen s once again becomes the story of a husband and a wife who, even after years of medical frustration and fruitless paperwork, still must take one last risk together and trust in their most basic instincts before their new family can be born Literary grace that has the remarkable power to act as a lens is how the New York Times Book Review has described Hansen s writing, and that grace has never been evident than in this remarkable memoir

10 thoughts on “The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century

  1. Jake Jake says:

    I suspect you won t be able to appreciate the wit and wisdom of this if you have not walked a few miles in these shoes.

  2. Nicole Roccas Nicole Roccas says:

    Just because the male experience of all this sort of thing of fatherhood not naturally come by is a subtle one, and just because it doesn t often get expressed, that doesn t mean there isn t something worth expressing what it feels like to be caught up in this blur of plastic cups and paperwork, committed by love, by vow, and by faith in some Divine Order that there is a plan We lower our shoulders and muscle through,

  3. Alina Borger Alina Borger says:

    By Joseph, the author means Jesus adoptive father Behind the title, Brooks Hansen has drafted an infertility and adoption memoir with a voicereminiscent of Paul Reiser than of a man who considers infertility his personal Vietnam After nine or so rounds of failures with IVF, he and his wife fly to Siberia to adopt possibly the only perfectly healthy infant ever to come through the Russian orphanage system They meet him, a

  4. Peggy Peggy says:

    Having just read a Mom s perspective, Breeding in Captivity , I was wholeheartedly looking forward to reading a Dad s perspective totally different stories, different families, etc , and I wasn t disappointed but this book was simply too long Stacy Bolt summed it up nicely Brooks Hansen s memoir ended up a novella Meh Of course, I loved the story, and I loved that they made a decision both of them felt was the right one in

  5. Mego Mego says:

    I ve been putting off having children until I can safely, finacially support myself This made me want to get pregnant immediatly, just to make sure I can.Quite poignant, and moving Wonderfully written.

  6. Andrea Andrea says:

    I skimmed this one I started to read it, but all I could think about while reading is this guy is a pretentious ass so I gave up skimmed It might be of interest to people experience infertility and or adoptings from Russia, otherwise give it a pass I skimmed this one I started to read it, but all I could think about while reading is this guy is a pretentious ass so I gave up skimmed It might be of interest to people experience in

  7. Laura Laura says:

    A very interesting book, both in terms of having a man s perspective of fertility problems, and in noting the grim oy vey realities of fertility and adoption.

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