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Mercy Street
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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JenniferEgnor
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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I can‘t help but wonder, why this book was discarded. It‘s a brand new book, published this year (2022). This is an early copy that has multiple grammatical errors in it. A friend of mine found it in the free section at a local library. Why? Is it because of what it‘s about? Does the library fear its content, fear the anti-abortion laws being passed? This is not a banned book, yet. But they don‘t want us to talk about abortion, at all.

JenniferEgnor But guess what bitches. We are. We will talk about it. We will say the word abortion and we will do it without shame. We will continue to have abortions, we will help others get them too. We will aid & abet! 1mo
bibliothecarivs That would be censorship and librarians are usually on the front lines fighting censorship. It's more likely that the library discarded it for any number of professional reasons. Is this the Dorchester Co Library in SC? If so, I see in their catalog that they still have 14 copies of the book. They probably discarded your copy when demand dropped off. I'm a public librarian and that's a normal thing. 4w
JenniferEgnor @bibliothecarivs thank you so much for the clarification. Yes, it is Dorchester library. I guess you already know that SC politicians are forcing fights with censorship here just like everywhere else. I‘m not sure how how their latest attack on abortion care speech is going to play out, either… 4w
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JenniferEgnor
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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Mehso-so

This book wasn‘t quite I was expecting it to be but it wasn‘t bad. I wanted to know more about Claudia, her work, her drive. I felt that too much time and detail was spent on Victor, but I do like how fake clinics are mentioned, because they cause real harm. Victor reminds me very much of David, one of our local protestors. The similarities were sickening. David isn‘t Catholic, but he hates womxn just as much as Victor. The threads of

JenniferEgnor violence and misogyny that connect them were so familiar to me. Rape, pedophilia, punishment, murder, racism, anti-Blackness. I have heard David talk about all of these things. The photo shown is of him: David Benrexi. He is wearing an anti-abortion, racist shirt that is supposed to connect to Harriet Tubman—who he gladly would have enslaved, and committed acts of violence upon. 1mo
JenniferEgnor I want all of you to know that clinic violence exists. Fake clinics exist and are very harmful in multiple ways. Protestors/anti-abortion activists exist and are very dangerous. Please, please speak up for abortion care access, for inclusive, intersectional reproductive care, for queer folx, for peoplx of color. The threat is very real and it kills. This is not a game. 1mo
JenniferEgnor Please support your local abortion funds and get involved. Volunteer at clinics, get educated, have conversations. Call your legislators and demand we all of access to full spectrum care with dignity and respect. Vote. Help others register to vote and get to the polls together. Join teams of clinic defense and fight back against the harm that protestors cause outside of clinics. Check on your friends and family clinic workers. Get trauma 1mo
JenniferEgnor informed. Tell stories, encourage story telling—it is one of the most powerful ways to end stigma. Remember that this work is done with love, above all else. AID & ABET. 1mo
JenniferEgnor One last note which I forgot to mention earlier: in the book, photos are taken of patients. This is a very real thing that happens and it is not okay. We use umbrellas to block this from happening as best we can. Ask yourself, at what other medical facilities do you see this happening? It is unacceptable. Period. 1mo
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JenniferEgnor
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On page 138 I learned there is a Catholic Saint who is patroness of incest survivors, depression, anxiety, neurological disorders.

Incest. Why am I not surprised, that they have a Saint to pray to for this but they do nothing to stop it in their church. 🙄

https://catholicsaintmedals.com/saints/st-dymphna/

ErinSueMreads That's a hot take... I enjoy Catholics as a general case study for what not to do. 1mo
JenniferEgnor @ErinSueMreads I never thought of it like that before! I agree 100%!!! Run far, run fast! 1mo
bibliothecarivs I'm not Catholic (I'm a secular humanist) but, in my experience, there's a saint for nearly everything. The saints associations are just a reflection of general humanity. 1mo
JenniferEgnor @bibliothecarivs I am a secular humanist too. I have learned that yes, there is a Saint for everything. I just don‘t understand why the church doesn‘t do anything about the issues. 1mo
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Kazzie
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I didn‘t find any of the characters particularly sympathetic. I think we were supposed to be interested in the ultra conservative character‘s backstory - insights into why he is how he is, but I just found him disgusting. The logistical aspects of abortions were interesting. And I liked the cannabis dealer, but that‘s it in the end.

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JoyBlue
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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Bailedbailed

bailed at 35%—wish I hadn't spent so much time on it

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Sophronisba
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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It's hard to know, ever, where a story begins. We touch down in a world fully inhabited by others, a drama already in progress. By the time we make our entrance -- incontinent and screaming, like dirty bombs detonating -- the climax is a distant memory. Our arrival is not the beginning; it is a consequence. #FridayReads #FirstLineFridays

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Megabooks
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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Mehso-so

This allegory was a bit much for me. There was nuance to the good characters, but the anti-abortion characters were so stereotypically comical.

Claudia works on the help hotline of an abortion clinic in Boston. The book goes through the difficulties faced by people working at these in the US. (And I agree there are many!) On the other side, there‘s a redneck incel gathering pictures of women entering clinics on the web. The relationship ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ between the two characters was pretty tenuous. The book just didn‘t make sense as a whole. The disparate strands of the characters weren‘t brought together in the end, so the book felt unfinished. Only the #audiobook narration saved this from being a pan. 7mo
Amiable I haven‘t read this book so I can‘t comment on the specific characters. But I volunteer as a patient escort at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Every week there is an anti-abortion protester who records the license plates of patients and staff who enter the parking lot. Another one films the patients walking into the clinic and livestreams it into social media. So the behavior being described here doesn‘t sound far-fetched to me at all. (edited) 7mo
Megabooks @Amiable I didn‘t say, nor do I think, that behavior is far fetched. I said the character was very stereotypical. She took every negative stereotype of an anti-abortion person and put it into a character, and that didn‘t give the book any nuance or insight, which I think makes reading fiction interesting. I am 💯 pro-choice but I also 💯 want insightful, interesting fiction, which this wasn‘t. 7mo
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Cinfhen Wow @Amiable 😳I totally hear what you‘re saying Meg about certain tropes or caricatures that sometimes manifest in fiction. Disappointing since this is an author who‘s written some VERY STRONG fiction. I think I‘ll pass for now. Love and appreciate your insightful reviews 💜💜💜 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, I have enjoyed other books by her as well. Idk, this was just missing something. It‘s like she had an idea for the characters and had an idea of the message she wanted to get across, but the meeting of the two ideas was mediocre imo. Just a disappointment. This was a hard review to write because I wasn‘t sure how to get my feelings about it across. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Amiable I didn't say that you said the behavior is farfetched. I was offering my own perspective about said behaviors based on my own personal experience, as one often does in response to a review. My point was that what sounds like an unrealistic stereotype of an antiabortion protestor to one reader might sound exactly like Joe (the guy who blocks the driveway with his body every week) to another reader (i.e. me). I want to read this book now and see. 7mo
Amiable Although I too hate when the strands of characters or the plot don't come together in the end, so that will likely annoy me as well! 7mo
Megabooks @Amiable it‘s interesting. Sometimes I don‘t know how I feel until I sit down to write my review on litsy. As a pro-abortion person, I had an emotional reaction to the story. I sympathized with the danger faced by Claudia and the stories of the women she helped. How messy her personal life was. But as a reader, I felt it would‘ve been better to further expand the goings on at the clinic instead of giving this stereotypical anti-abortion ⬇️ 7mo
Megabooks @Amiable character so much airtime. I‘m still processing my feelings about this, even though it wasn‘t my favorite book, probably because of the subject matter. But giving that guy so much plot-time was pretty useless. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Megabooks @Amiable interested to see what you end up thinking!! 7mo
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LMJenkins
Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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Looking forward to this! #ARC

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Mercy Street is an abortion clinic in Boston and this novel dives deep into the life of Claudia, a worker at the clinic and the stress and pressure she faces on the job, the counter abortion nasty tactics and the struggles of the women seeking abortions. These depictions are the crowning glory of this novel, but other plot points do at times clutter the narrative, while attempting to be a unifying focus characters. #ARC #Netgalley

bnp Interesting take. I liked Baker Towers & News from heaven, Faith was OK, Heat & light not so much. 11mo
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