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This Particular Happiness

A Childless Love Story
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As a farm girl in eastern Oregon, feeding bottles to bummer lambs and babysitting her little sister, Jackie Shannon Hollis expected to become a mother someday. After a series of failed relationships, she met Bill, the man she wanted to spend her life with. But he was a man who never wanted children. Saying I do meant saying I don't to a rite of passage her body had prepared her for since puberty.

Told in short nonlinear chapters, This Particular Happiness explores the fracturing of female identity as Shannon Hollis questions her childless decision, navigates her roles as daughter and wife and sister and friend, and ultimately learns to listen to her own heart. This debut memoir is about what we keep and what we abandon to make space in our lives for love.

©2019 Jackie Shannon Hollis. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing by May Sarton (Copyright © May Sarton) reproduced by permission of A.M. Heath & Co Ltd. (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Mari Sim-Nelson
  • 11/08/2020

Love for my Aunt Jackie

I do not have a word available in English to describe the way I feel after listening to this book. Having already read it twice in physical form did not take away from my third experience with this story. The love that my Aunt Jackie and Uncle Bill have is something that is almost fairy tale like. It seems like something that would be unreal for most. But having been exposed to that love for my entire life, I can speak to its realness. The way they feel for each other can be felt almost like an aura, with the warmth of it spreading out in a large bubble around them. This fact is also displayed again and again in the book that Jackie does such a wonderful job narrating. I found myself laughing, crying, and reflecting through each part of the story. One sentence that will stay with me forever is; “Knowing where your scars come from doesn’t make them go away”. This memoir has given me tools that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. One is remembering that the past will always affect the future. Another is that it is important to understand why it is we want something, and what that thing is meant to do for us. Most importantly I was reminded for why my love burns so strongly for these two people. And I am glad that the rest of the world has the opportunity to experience their love through thus book.

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  • Krista Jean Isley
  • 04/02/2020

loved the book!

A very personal story, but loved it! Thank you Jackie for sharing your story! Again Thank you!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08/10/2019

Powerful

Listening to this story brought out so many emotions. Sadness, guilt, resent, happiness, relief. Worth listening.