Two-Week Wait: An Ivf Story

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About the Author

Luke C. Jackson is a teacher, and the author of novels, games, and films. He and his wife, Kelly, began their own IVF journey in 2011, and are now parents of two daughters. Two-Week Wait: An IVF Story is their first novel.

Kelly Jackson is a teacher and educational writer. She and her husband, Luke, began their own IVF journey in 2011, and are now parents of two daughters. Two-Week Wait: An IVF Story is their first novel.

Mara Wild lives and works in Hamburg, Germany, as a freelance illustrator and animator, mostly doing multimedia artwork. She met Luke while studying abroad in Melbourne, taking one of his classes.


"In this lovely volume, you'll encounter heartache, hope, humor, and a very true and personal exploration of the physical, emotional, and financial roller-coaster of IVF. You'll also see the graphic novel form at its finest: where every dot and line has nuance and meaning, and where big ideas and feelings are conveyed with great subtlety through spare, elegant illustrations working hand-in-hand with great dialogues."
--Nicki Greenberg

"Compelling, harrowing... proof that comics can be much more than superhero stories--they are a dexterous art form that can effectively communicate complex, serious topics."
--Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, The Guardian

"The Jacksons, married educators and parents of two, partner with artist Wild to tell a compassionate story about the struggle to conceive based on their own experiences and interviews with other couples who have dealt with fertility issues... Wild's loose, fluid, warmly colored pencil art perfectly complements the script; in swooping curves and simple shapes, she draws emotive characters in domestic settings that look lived-in. Gentle and empathetic, this enters a growing trying-to-conceive graphic medicine genre, recalling Sarah Glidden's and Lucy Knisley's work, and offers a touchstone for any reader dealing with IVF."
--Publishers Weekly

"The intimate struggles of a husband and wife desperate to become parents might not be universal literary fare, but with millions of couples worldwide attempting conception via IVF, Two-Week Wait will surely, deservedly find sympathetic audiences... an insightful, moving tale."
--Terry Hong, Shelf Awareness

"Full of honesty and vulnerability ... Two-Week Wait will appeal to readers of memoir and graphic novels alike."
--Adam Ford, Books+Publishing

"Anyone looking for the thoughts of someone who has gone through the journey of trying to conceive, infertility testing, of deciding what treatments to pursue, of determining to continue the path, and IVF or is looking for tips on what to do and not to do when talking about infertility and IVF will find a good resource in this book ... Mara Wild does a fantastic job at providing context to the story and illustrating the invisible emotions and pain ... It gives the reader an empathetic look at the experience. I recommend this to anyone wanting to know more about the infertility and IVF process, especially from a mental health perspective."
--Alice Jaggers, Graphic Medicine

"Two-Week Wait is as much a medical text as it is a depiction of the emotional, corporeal and financial vicissitudes, that are commonplace in patient descriptions of assisted reproductive technologies."
--Jennifer Takhar, Graphic Medicine