The Baby Void

The Baby Void


The Baby Void

Original title: Eisprong
Author: Judith Uyterlinde

A story of love and of longing for a child:

“I’m a woman in the prime of life. I want everything: passionate love, close friendships, challenging work, exotic travel – and a child. That’s less simple than I imagine. To start with, I can’t get pregnant. Then my pregnancies don’t make it to term. I stand on my head and when that doesn’t help, I try IVF. All the bellies around me swell immensely. Should I accept my failure? Should I persevere? My failed attempts start taking over my life. Everything seems to slip through my fingers – until a dramatic event breaks the downward spiral”.

This is the frank account of one woman’s desire for a child, mixed up with her desire for living intensely. It is also a story of love, ambition, and the choices made by a modern woman in her thirties. The author exposes the inner struggle of a woman who likes to win but who’s faced with losing. She is driven by anger and longing, doubt and determination, envy and love, as she pushes her way through a thick bog of emotions in pursuit of a child. She describes her mixed feelings in a direct and down-to-earth manner, using unusual and moving images. For more information:

Original language

DUTCH | Schilt

Translation Rights

BELGIUM | Manteau
DENMARK | Rosinante
FRANCE | Les Arènes
GERMANY | Goldmann
HUNGARY | Europa
ITALY | TEA/Longanesi
PORTUGAL | Notícias/Oficina do Livro
NORWAY | Gyldendal
RUSSIA | Astrel-SPb
ENGLISH (South Africa) | Juta Press
SPANISH | Diagonal/Grup 62
CATALAN | Columna
SWEDEN | Norstedts

‘A book which reads like a thriller.’ Dag Allemaal

‘Uyterlinde has avoided making a melodrama of what she went through; instead she has described the various phases in a down-to-earth way, trenchantly, and sometimes with humour. She expresses envy where others would be ashamed to do so. The book is bound to help those with similar experiences, as well as helping their friends, sisters and colleagues understand how to react constructively to them. Even the medical world can benefit from reading about the emotional turbulence suffered by those with infertility problems.’ Knack

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