Can You Feel This?

Can You Feel This?

In the chaos of a maternity ward, memories of tragedy and grief come flooding back for an anxious mother-to-be as she struggles to balance her child’s needs with her own healing.Rushed into an emergency cesarean section, a woman finds herself in the same hospital where her suicidal mother died. She’s buried the trauma of her mother’s last hours—and also the dread that she...

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Title:Can You Feel This?
Author:Julie Orringer
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Can You Feel This? Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    YES... YES...YES!!!! .... I felt this!

    Julie Orringer is an awesome author....

    Very talented!!!!

    She packs a punch into this short story!!!

  • Paige

    The main character suffers from

    during her pregnancy. Both her and her husband, Ky, are worried about the survival of the baby. While prepping for her C-section to avoid complications,

    She worries about the challenges she will face after the baby is born and is concerned

    The main character suffers from

    during her pregnancy. Both her and her husband, Ky, are worried about the survival of the baby. While prepping for her C-section to avoid complications,

    She worries about the challenges she will face after the baby is born and is concerned about mental illness.

    Part of the

    series from Amazon Original Stories, this short story projects an eerie image of a past mother-daughter relationship.

    (Note--This story is told in second person POV. The narrator addresses the reader as "you".) Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy. Opinions are my own.

  • Angela M

    Another terrific short story from the Amazon Original Short Stories Inheritance Collection. This is the third one that I have read and it’s the third one that is deserving of five stars. Narrated in the second person, an interesting point of view that adds to the power of the story. A mother to be is rushed to the hospital, an emergency situation, but not to the hospital she is supposed to deliver at. Instead, the nearest hospital, one that brings to mind awful childhood memories of losing her

    Another terrific short story from the Amazon Original Short Stories Inheritance Collection. This is the third one that I have read and it’s the third one that is deserving of five stars. Narrated in the second person, an interesting point of view that adds to the power of the story. A mother to be is rushed to the hospital, an emergency situation, but not to the hospital she is supposed to deliver at. Instead, the nearest hospital, one that brings to mind awful childhood memories of losing her mother in a way that brings the trauma front and center in her mind. This brings doubt and fear and feelings of loss at what to do as new mother. She’s further stressed at the secret she’s been keeping from her husband. Wonderfully written and I can say - yes I felt it ! Too short to say more, except the same as I said about the other two. If you are a NetGalley member, go request these fantastic stories. If you’re not, then you’ll have to wait until 12/19 and get it for your kindle for a mere $1.99.

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Amazon Original Stories through NetGalley.

  • Paromjit

    Julie Orringer's Can You Feel This? is another in the Amazon Inheritance short stories collection that have turned out to be so spectacularly good. This story features a pregnant woman being rushed to a New York hospital by her partner, Ky, when she starts to bleed. Frantic and worried, Ky makes his way to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately. this is a hospital that holds grief and traumatic memories for the woman, a childhood and a past she has never talked about or revealed to anyone, not even

    Julie Orringer's Can You Feel This? is another in the Amazon Inheritance short stories collection that have turned out to be so spectacularly good. This story features a pregnant woman being rushed to a New York hospital by her partner, Ky, when she starts to bleed. Frantic and worried, Ky makes his way to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately. this is a hospital that holds grief and traumatic memories for the woman, a childhood and a past she has never talked about or revealed to anyone, not even Ky. Her mother's body was retrieved from the river and bought to this hospital. She had severe mental health issues, left her marriage, taken her daughter, and committed suicide by jumping into the river. This inheritance had left the daughter with a desire to never have a child, but once accidentally pregnant, discovered she wanted her baby.

    Whilst undergoing a C-section, her memories of her mother return, blending with her present fears and insecurities about giving birth, and becoming a mother. Will she really be able to cope? However, she manages to give birth to her beautiful premature baby son, a son she instantly recognises, with the unmistakable scent of Alyssum, bonding with him instantly. However, her experience is exacerbated by being unable to feed him and having to endure an unhelpful lactation consultant. A moving and profound short story about the terror of genetics, the possibility of history repeating itself, bearing the burden of the past silently until a mother understands she must share her secrets. She must come to terms with her history to stand a chance of a future as a family and as a new mother. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Amazon Original Stories for an ARC.

  • Shruti

    Written in second person,

    is a short story that is part of the Inheritance series. It describes the experience of a woman who suffers from

    and gives birth to her baby at a hospital where twenty-eight years ago, her mother's body was brought, after she'd committed suicide. Having promised herself to never bring a child into this world—fearing that she would become like her suicidal mother after giving birth—the woman tries to find the joy in motherhood while

    Written in second person,

    is a short story that is part of the Inheritance series. It describes the experience of a woman who suffers from

    and gives birth to her baby at a hospital where twenty-eight years ago, her mother's body was brought, after she'd committed suicide. Having promised herself to never bring a child into this world—fearing that she would become like her suicidal mother after giving birth—the woman tries to find the joy in motherhood while reliving the horrors of her own childhood.

    Julie Orringer has written this story beautifully and has ended it with the possibility of a new start for the woman, leaving the past behind. It's a short but powerful story and I'd definitely recommend it.

    [I'd like to thank NetGalley, Amazon Original Stories and Julie Orringer for this ARC.]

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  • Brenda -Traveling Sister

    Can You Feel This? is the third one I have read in the Amazon Original Short Stories Inheritance Collection. This story is narrated in the second person and at first, it felt a bit odd. I then started to get into the flow and found it an interesting and harrowing way to tell the story. I felt like I became part of the story as I was put in the shoes of the characters here. This one didn't leave me thinking as much but Yes!!! I could feel it and the anxieties the character was feeling.

    I received

    Can You Feel This? is the third one I have read in the Amazon Original Short Stories Inheritance Collection. This story is narrated in the second person and at first, it felt a bit odd. I then started to get into the flow and found it an interesting and harrowing way to tell the story. I felt like I became part of the story as I was put in the shoes of the characters here. This one didn't leave me thinking as much but Yes!!! I could feel it and the anxieties the character was feeling.

    I received a copy from the publisher on NG

  • Phrynne

    This is one of five short stories published as the Amazon Original Stories Inheritance Collection. It is the third one I have read and I will now definitely have to go back for the other two!

    I have not read anything by this author before but now I will. She writes beautifully and this story is so very evocative of the events of child birth. It is not possible to say much more without spoiling the story.

    Very enjoyable and very well worth reading. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read

    This is one of five short stories published as the Amazon Original Stories Inheritance Collection. It is the third one I have read and I will now definitely have to go back for the other two!

    I have not read anything by this author before but now I will. She writes beautifully and this story is so very evocative of the events of child birth. It is not possible to say much more without spoiling the story.

    Very enjoyable and very well worth reading. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    Another short story from the Inheritance collection. I have never read this author so these short stories are a great way to explore new authors.

    This new mother has a lot on her mind when she goes into labor prematurely. This is their first child and they thought they had everything planned out, the perfect hospital, how they wanted to deliver, etc. I have some personal insight into this because my daughter had also planned to deliver “her way” with a midwife,at a birthing center. However her

    Another short story from the Inheritance collection. I have never read this author so these short stories are a great way to explore new authors.

    This new mother has a lot on her mind when she goes into labor prematurely. This is their first child and they thought they had everything planned out, the perfect hospital, how they wanted to deliver, etc. I have some personal insight into this because my daughter had also planned to deliver “her way” with a midwife,at a birthing center. However her baby’s heart rate began to get too high and he was premature so she had to go to the hospital and have a C-section performed by a doctor she didn’t know. All turned out fine.

    So I know that reality often gets in the way of the best laid plans. When this new mother, suffering from placenta previa, starts to bleed heavily, her partner, Ky, is forced to race her to the nearest hospital. This hospital, however, holds dark feelings and thoughts for the new mother. It is where her mentally unbalanced mother was rushed after she committed suicide. This is the one hospital where she did not want to deliver.

    So many thoughts and feelings are written into this short story. The writing is smooth and easy to read and the story rushes by. Any mother will understand the feelings of worry that go through every woman’s head when she is in labor, will the baby be all right? Will I be able to be a good mother? These questions are compounded for this mother because she did not have a mother who took good care of her, she feels she lacks a role model and fears she won’t know what to do. She worries that she may inherit her mother’s illness or pass it on to her baby.

    We’re taken along on this quick but harrowing ride through the delivery of the baby.

    I enjoyed this story and the author’s writing style and will definitely be looking for her next book.

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this short story.

  • Carol

  • Dem

    is part of the Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. This is my second story in the collection and I have to admit I do struggle with short stories but this one really worked for me, I could really connect with the characters and the story and found myself totally engaged. sometimes I find on finishing a short story

    is part of the Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. This is my second story in the collection and I have to admit I do struggle with short stories but this one really worked for me, I could really connect with the characters and the story and found myself totally engaged. sometimes I find on finishing a short story I am left wanting but not in this case.

    What a lovely way to sample an author’s work and as I have only read

    by Julie Orringer so this for me was a chance to try something else by this writer and it certainly surprised me how much I enjoyed this short story.

    This is so well written, vivid and real and it took me back a few years as I read the emotions and fears of a new mother and the worries that overwhelms a new mother on those first few weeks of motherhood even though this has an added dimension of worry, it still felt very realistic. Can you feel this is certainly a short story that really worked for me and I look forward to reading more of this short story collection.

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