At twenty-seven years old, Robin Silbergleid decided to become a single mother. Not as a backup or "Plan B," but as first choice. In her memoir Texas Girl, she raises fundamental questions about the nature of family and maternity at the turn of the twenty-first century. At a moment when SMCs grace the covers of magazines and Hollywood films, Texas Girl adds the perspective of someone who boldly side-steps the social expectation for a woman to take a life-partner before she has a child. Beginning with a metaphorical conception, Texas Girl charts a long four-year journey, including infertility, miscarriage, and high-risk pregnancy, traveling from Indiana to Texas and back to the snowy north. In this compelling coming-of-age narrative, Silbergleid explores the notion of the chosen family, as close female friends provide perspective, support, and comic relief along the way. more information...
Robin Silbergleid is the author of two chapbooks of poems: Pas de Deux and Frida Kahlo, My Sister. The Baby Book, a full-length collection of poems about infertility and pregnancy loss, is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press in 2015. She holds both a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. She is currently an associate professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Michigan State University.
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