Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir
Aileen Weintraub has been running away from commitment her entire life, hopping from one job and one relationship to the next. When her father suddenly dies, she flees her Jewish Brooklyn community for the wilds of the country, where she unexpectedly falls in love with a man who knows a lot about produce, tractors, and how to take a person down in one jiu-jitsu move. Within months of saying "I do" she's pregnant, life is on track, and then wham! Her doctor slaps a high-risk label on her uterus and sends her to bed for five months.
As her husband's bucolic (and possibly haunted) farmhouse begins to collapse and her marriage starts to do the same, Weintraub finally confronts her grief for her father while fighting for the survival of her unborn baby. In her precarious situation, will she stay or will she once again run away from it all?
Knocked Down is an emotionally charged, laugh-out-loud roller-coaster ride of survival and growth. It is a story about marriage, motherhood, and the risks we take.
Aileen Weintraub is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor. She has written for the Washington Post, Glamour, NBC, and AARP, among others. She has also published several children's books, including Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference and We Got Game! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World.
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"This memoir of an almost inconceivably difficult pregnancy (pun intended) involves multiple dichotomies: urban/rural, male/female, Jew/non-Jew, life/death. Weintraub handles these oppositions with the deft, stunning, and mesmerizing touch of a writer who knows when to weep and when to laugh, when to hold on and when to let go. Whatever the opposite is of 'elegy, ' this is it."--Sue William Silverman, author of How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences
"Knocked Down is a funny and poignant story of a pregnant urban girl suddenly uprooted and forced to rediscover herself in a possibly haunted old ramshackle farmhouse--a brave and vibrant story of self-discovery and grace."--Aspen Matis, #1 Amazon best-selling author of Your Blue Is Not My Blue and Girl in the Woods
"Knocked Down engaged me from the opening lines. This is a wonderfully nuanced story, at turns laugh-out-loud hilarious and heartbreaking, rooted in love, romance, community, and resilience. I loved this book."--Elissa Altman, author of Motherland
"Knocked Down poignantly and often hilariously reminds us that no one is exempt from life's unexpected curveballs. Aileen Weintraub weaves her wry wisdom into this chronicle of how the choices we make can collide with circumstances beyond our control. This fast-paced memoir of a woman who is forced to slow down is proof positive that precarious situations can be overcome with family, faith, and especially love."--Nava Atlas, author of Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife and creator of LiteraryLadiesGuide.com
"With characteristic warmth, Aileen Weintraub invites readers into the complexity of bodies and families, dreams and disappointments, pain and love. Knocked Down is moving, candid, and deeply funny."--Cameron Dezen Hammon, author of This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession
"Love, marriage, and a harrowing pregnancy yield a haunting story of survival in this gripping account."--Publishers Weekly
"A gripping blend of humor and poignancy. . . . Weintraub's keen eye for detail and breathless storytelling make this sharply observed memoir impossible to put down."--Sari Botton, author of And You May Find Yourself: Confessions of a Late-Blooming Gen X Weirdo
"Can a high-risk pregnancy, a marriage on the rocks, financial problems, a falling-down house in the middle of stalled renovations and lingering grief for a beloved dead father add up to a riotously funny read? The answer is yes, at least when the author is the gifted humorist Aileen Weintraub."--Elizabeth Edelglass, Hadassah Magazine
"Knocked Down is a big-hearted, hilarious, and moving account of staying put, rooting in, and learning how to persevere together--as a married couple, as a family, and in community with others."--Kerry Neville, Hippocampus